Blurring the Edges
Blurring the Edges is a group led by Peter Sprague, internationally renowned jazz guitarist who has performed with Chick Corea, Hubert Laws, Charlie Haden, Sergio Mendes, and David Benoit, and who has numerous solo albums to his credit. 'Blurring the Edges' derives it's name from the fact that the players integrate elements from jazz, samba, classical, flamenco, and other sources. The group includes: Fred Benedetti, stunning classical and flamenco guitarist, who is a professor of music at Grossmont Community College in San Diego, having been a member of an Andres Segovia master's class and a performer with Dave Brubeck and Luciano Pavarotti; Tripp Sprague, Peter's brother and one of California's premier saxophone and flute players who has played with many West Coast bands including Mose Allison; and Hall Sprague, father of Peter and Tripp and veteran percussionist. The band's new CD release, Blurring the Edges features eleven pieces, all originals composed by Benedetti and Peter and Tripp Sprague. It has received rave notices in California newspapers. George Varga, writing in The San Diego Union-Tribune, described it as 'A most auspicious debut. What makes this album notable is the ease and authority with which the group's four members combine different styles to create a meticulously balanced whole. Together the four achieve a seamless sound that is by turns bright and buoyant, lilting and lyrical, and soft and sophisticated. The musicians all perform throughout with impeccable precision.'