This is another of the increasing number of performer-produced CDs coming our way for possible review. It’s a good-looking package but no notes whatever so I can’t tell you a great deal about Kent, except for the notation: “Music and instruments by Kent Welton, except for compositions by J.S. Bach.” The instrument is a type of guitar, electronically-treated on some tracks and sounding more like a Spanish guitar or even a lute on others.
I’m putting this in the jazz section because the 13 tracks have a strong improvisatory quality about them. There doesn’t appear to be overdubbing – just a solo instrument, but the program is so varied it becomes a satisfying recital. Many of the pieces have a Spanish flavor to them, and there’s also an influence of East Indian music, as in the final three selections which constitute the Poona Suite. Here’s the program:
Viva Andalusia, Mi Encanto, Nocturno, Tranquilo, La Noche Mysterioso, Serenade Suave, Pavanna, Danza Viveta, Bach: Prelude in C, Bach: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Poona Suite: Preludio/Andante/Espresivo.
– John Sunier