John Stowell, guitar – Resonance

by | May 19, 2005 | Jazz CD Reviews | 0 comments

John Stowell, guitar – Resonance – Origin Records 82443 ****:

Portland, Oregon-based guitarist Stowell has a super-cool approach to
his instrument but with a minimum of fuss can tear up the strings with
some complex improvising that seems to occur at almost the speed of
light. He plays here acoustic-electric guitars made by Portland custom
guitar-maker Mike Doolin, and using nylon strings. Doolin invited
Stowell over to try out his latest creations and in the process taped
him playing a tune on each instrument. Eventually there were enough
tracks for an album, and this is it. There’s a rich and resonant timbre
that fits the album’s title perfectly, as well as Stowell’s technique.
It sounds more subtle and played with more finesse than your typical
solo electric guitar session.

Tracks: Nobody Else But Me, Picture in Black and White, Prelude to a
Kiss, Peau Douce, Equinox, Ron’s Return/Eclipse, Bolero Algorhythm, How
Deep is the Ocean, Some Other Time, I Wish/Everything I Love,
Yesterdays, I Should Care, Maybe Later.

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