Archive for the ‘ Folk ’ Category

Trevor Gordon Hall – Mind Heart Fingers

Trevor Gordon Hall defines the term virtuoso new. His instrument is the unique combination of an acoustic guitar with a Kalimba. He calls this instrument a “Kalimbatar”. Stylistically he sorts himself in the genres folk finger style, new age and folk jazz.

One can compare him with artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Adam Palma, Bryan Lubeck or William Ackerman. At the risk of making a lame comparison and each comparison becomes lame, if you take it too far. Just listen to his album at CDBaby to get an impression.

Mind Heart Fingers (2014) is a solo guitar album. All songs are composed, arranged and performed by Trevor. The album was produced by Will Ackerman, Tom Eaton and Trevor Gordon Hall.

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Chuck Loeb – Silhouette

Guitarist Chuck Loeb is well known as jazz guitarist in groups such as Metro, Steps Ahead or Stan Getz’s band. But he became popular by his solo albums as smooth jazz guitarist. His participation in the group Fourplay is a fruit of this popularity.

Exploring different facets of jazz might be joyful, but to earn money with smooth jazz is the real deal. On the new album we discover Chuck’s companions like David Mann, Eric Marienthal, Andy Snitzer (sax), Mitchel Foreman (keyboards), but also his family members Carmen Cuesta and Lizzy Loeb.

On Silhouette Chuck easily adapts the style of Fourplay, he has helped shape who also influenced him. Chuck follows this exciting joy ride on Silver Lining. Listen to Fourplay’s Bali Run and you know what I mean. David Mann adds some Smoothness on sax.

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Steve Ono – Fingerpaint and Folksongs

Progressive pop-jazz-folk fusion instrumental music with soaring melodies and solos are blended with songs about subjects such as domestic violence, the death of a spouse, mental illness and economic depression.

After a 38 year career in the business of guitar, Steve Ono has a few things to show you. He has grooves and jams swinging from blues to middle eastern music to world music to Irish music. He has written songs without lyrical compromise and without Hollywood endings.

Tough times need a voice and Steve Ono is such a voice.

With the help of his friends Dave Calvert on keyboards and John Martin III on percussion Steve Ono’s instrumental music shows a happier and more playful side as well as the deeper. We found it at CDBaby.