Articles tagged guitar

19 May 2015 // 7:55 AM

Guitar Solos Are Getting the Ax in Country Music Songs

There’s a disturbing new trend in country music: Producers are cutting out instrumental sections to make the songs fit certain broadcast formats.

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Jorma Kaukonen: Ain’t in No Hurry

This is feel-good music, played by a seasoned and assured troubadour equally at home on a spotlit stage or a front porch.

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Sir Richard Bishop: Tangier Sessions

The guitar playing is impressive, but the loose and self-indulgent nature of these compositions will test the listener's patience.

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Rich Robinson: Through a Crooked Sun

Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson delivers the most interesting kind of solo album: one he couldn’t have done with his regular band. That it’s musically and emotionally satisfying is even better.

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Rory Gallagher: Rory Gallagher / Deuce / Live! in Europe / Blueprint

A consummate performer live or in the studio, these re-releases serve as a bold reminder of the weight of the Rory Gallagher legacy.

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Various Artists: The Rough Guide to African Guitar Legends

The boundary for this compilation is huge, and surrounds all of Africa, a continent with more guitarists and guitar styles than anyone can easily count.

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Guitar: It’s Sweet to Do Nothing!

Guitar's newest album, on Clairecords of course, is completely shoegaze-less, but its songs are full and rich, exploring several distinct moods.

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Aram Bajakian: Aram Bajakian’s Kef

Genuinely deserves to be called Aram Bajakian's Kef, not anybody else's, but his, clever and fearless.

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2 Aug 2011 // 9:00 PM

Terakaft: Aratan N Azawad

Malian desert-blues outfit offers up a strong set.

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Rory Block: Shake ‘Em on Down

The guitar playing? Great. The singing? Not so much...

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Boubacar Traoré: Mali Denhou

The sound of a man in no hurry and his patient guitar, which is less imperious than the guitar of Touré.

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Garrison Fewell’s Variable Density Sound Orchestra: Sound Particle 47

Garrison Fewell's second album with his tumultuous gang of horn-blowers and noisemakers is a jubilant cacophony that compromises absolutely nothing!

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Les Triaboliques: Rivermudtwilight

Exhilarating and earthy.

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Ben Reynolds: How Day Earnt Its Night

A thoughtful conversation between him and the guitar.

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Guitar: Honeysky / Saltykisses

Reissued for the first time in America, Guitar's two best albums are strongest when they deliver what listeners tune in for.

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4 Sep 2008 // 9:58 PM

Suarasama: Fajar di Atas Awan

Fajar di Atas Awan is an album that cools and balances the brain.

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1 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Group Doueh: Group Doueh

The songs on Group Doueh were recorded by the group itself, “at home", say the liner notes, “on modest cassette recording equipment". But you don’t need to read the packaging to know that.

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11 Jun 2008 // 9:57 PM

Various: Bollywood Steel Guitar

The elevator music of India.

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Debashish Bhattacharya: Calcutta Chronicles

This is an excellent disc, one that rewards multiple visits.

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30 Oct 2007 // 9:59 PM

Puerto Plata: Mujer de Cabaret.

Not like the Cuban music familiar to Buena Vista fans but brisker, tangier, rougher, more earthy.

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