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Austin American-Statesman, November 2, 1995

Jerry Hahn's masterful Midwest synthesis of country, bebop and avant-garde stylings made him and early and enduring influence on a generation of guitar greats, including Pat Metheney, John Scofield, John Abercrombie and countless others. Hahn, however, opted out of the music business and went academic in the early 1970s, setting up an acclaimed jazz-guitar program at Wichita State

"Time Changes" (Enja) is Hahn's first recording as a leader in two decades, and its title is somewhat deceiving because Hahn's playing really hasn't changed that much. It's still adventurous and idiosyncratic with an internal logic all its own. Hahn has polished and embellished his basic approach a bit but time has done little to alter its personalized appeal.

Hahn provides the bulk of the material, but his choice of covers, tunes by Eric Dolphy, Charles Mingus and Oliver Nelson, demonstrates the advanced level of music. Through it all, Hahn's guitar work is precise without being predictable and eminently entertainig in all contexts.

Soprano saxist David Liebman spices things up considerably on two tunes, particularly on the wide-open title track where he and Hahn pretty much chart their own courses with scintillating solos. Pianist Art lande appears as a guest on the closing ballad "Chelsea Rose," a melodic mini-masterpiece that provides a suitable sonic denouement to the album.

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