The guitarist’s new record is an attempt to capture the live experience, for the musicians as well as the listeners. A guitar student, teacher, and performer, Larry Newcomb shows what he hears in several upcoming shows.

Photo courtesy of Larry Newcomb, used with permission

Folks who happen to be at Greenwich Village’s The Garage on 99 Seventh Ave. South at Christopher St. for Saturday Jazz Brunch may run into the Larry Newcomb Trio and Quartet now and then. Over a Screwdriver and the Benedict Trilogy, they might even pause for a minute or two to listen, scratching their heads at the charming twang of jazz into blues.

That’s guitarist Newcomb’s forte. He’s been making jazzy blues, or bluesy jazz only recently, with the winning combo present and accounted for in New, Fresh, Vital from 2006, and recently, Cliffhanger, with bassist Dmitri Kolesnik and tenor Mike Camoia.

Notice, no drums. New York Sun jazz critic Will Friedwald did, and at first, was put off. Friedwald tends to be old school, as in where’s the piano, why are there so many guitarists? But then he heard the amazing subtleties of Newcomb’s feel-good music in Cliffhanger — missing nothing.

“Larry utilizes a wide variety of textures under the larger umbrella of ‘jazz guitar,’ the term meaning a lot of things. Many of these subtleties are almost beyond the notice of the non-guitar-playing listener; nonetheless, an important means of keeping the tracks sounding different from each other. And for complementing other extant jazz guitar recordings,” Friedwald wrote. “Even if you don’t actually know the difference between, for instance, the steel-string flat-top acoustic (played by, among others, Larry Coryell, Pat Metheny and John McLaughlin) and the nylon-string acoustic (associated with Brazilian jazz guitarists and popularized, like so many things Brazilian, by Charlie Byrd, also played by Kenny Burrell), you will, in fact, feel the difference, even if it’s at a subliminal level.”

The non-guitar-playing listeners in any audience may not pick out the specifics of Newcomb’s subtleties. They only know that what he plays both wraps itself around them like a warm blanket on the last day of camp, yet shakes them from the inside, as if subliminally waiting for an earthquake to hit so we can all start over fresh.

The perennial guitar student and teacher is at it again, with LIVE Intentionally!, out since June 25 on Essential Messenger. Newcomb’s with his quartet, drummer Jimmy Madison, bassist Dmitri Kolesnik, and pianist Eric Olsen on nine covers and originals including Charlie Parker’s “Au Privave,” Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust,” Kern/Hammerstein’s “All The Things You Are,” and his own Latin/Brazilian hustle, “Sure Thing.” He gets into a samba mood on one track, then a swirling vintage Chet Atkins vibe on anther. Newcomb arranged nine of the diverse tracks.

LIVE Intentionally! was recorded live. I wanted to capture the spontaneous intensity and energy of playing jazz without a safety net,” explained the man who once toured with Peter Noone (Herman of the Hermits), Tommy Cash, and Leslie Gore. “I also wanted to test my own performance and improvisatory skills in real time. I wanted to ‘walk the walk’ without relying on overdubbing solos later or ‘fixes-in-the-mix.’ Pianist Eric Olsen, bassist Dmitri Kolesnik, drummer Jimmy Madison and I set up together at Tom Tedesco Studios. I counted off my three originals and six standards and the result is this recording… This is our genuine, spontaneous playing, reaching for all the joy and beauty we could capture in each moment. I’d like to express my gratitude for the brilliant contributions of Jack Wilkins, Bucky Pizzarelli, Tom Tedesco, Luis Guell and my outstanding collaborators Eric Olsen, Dmitri Kolesnik and Jimmy Madison. I sincerely hope you enjoy it.”

Newcomb’s next up at Cleopatra’s Needle in Manhattan with pianist Eric Olsen this Thursday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

This Saturday, 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Newcomb joins his guitar teacher Bucky Pizzarelli and Ed Laub for a free performance at Thomas P. Morahan Waterfront Park on 7 Windermere Avenue for the Village of Greenwood Lake Concert Series in New York. They’re definitely the highlight of this concert series.

On September 19, the Larry Newcomb Quartet’s CD release party takes place at The Garage on September 19, with four sets starting at noon. Reservations: (212) 645-0600.

Artist’s quotes from a Jazz Promo Services release.