Posts Tagged ‘ Acoustic Guitar ’

Martin Taylor – Love Songs

GRAMMY nominated musician Dr. Martin Taylor, MBE, is a virtuoso guitarist, composer, educator and musical innovator whom Acoustic Guitar magazine calls ‘THE Acoustic Guitarist of his Generation’. Widely considered to be the world’s foremost exponent of solo jazz and finger-style guitar playing, Martin possesses an inimitable style that has earned him global acclaim from fellow musicians, fans and critics alike. He dazzles audiences with a signature style that artfully combines his virtuosity, emotion and humor with a strong, engaging stage presence.

Taylor has enjoyed a remarkable musical career spanning across five decades, with more than 100 recordings to his credit. Completely self-taught beginning at the early age of 4, he has invented and developed a unique way of playing the guitar that is greatly admired, and often emulated, by guitarists all over the world. In addition to his solo concerts and recordings, he has also collaborated with musicians from many different musical genres, including: Jeff Beck, Tommy Emmanuel, Bill Wyman, Chet Atkins, Stephane Grappelli, David Grisman, George Harrison, Jamie Cullum, Bryn Terfel, Dianne Schuur and Gary Burton.

Taylor brings a rich and varied musical heritage to his play, to the extent that Tommy Emmanuel remarked that [Taylor] is “a portal into all that came before.” Over his stellar career, Taylor has amassed a record 14 British Jazz Awards as a guitarist. Several of his albums have been in the Top 10 in the USA and Europe.

Love Songs is an solo acoustic guitar album to buy on Amazon.com.

Fabio Mignola – Encantado

Suisse based guitarist Fabio Mignola has released a lot of albums with diverse styles in his solo career. Chitarra Ticinese (1999), Flor de Luna (2000), Flyin’ Away (2003), Luna Rossa (2005), Take Me Higher (2008) are to mention. His new one, Encantado was released in September, 2018.

Fabio has composed all songs and performs guitars, keyboards, accordion, programming and vocals. Additional vocalists are Sofia Vassere and Laura Pura. Ezio Della Torre plays flute on selected tracks.

First warm up of the album is the uplifting Cheer Up. To put it bluntly, Fabio brings it directly to the point of happiness. Tucano is the Italian name of a bird family. Fabio transforms it into a lively festival of joy.

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Jamie Bonk – Who Said It Was Easy?

Canadian guitarist and songwriter Jamie Bonk has set up a home studio in Vancouver with a lot of love. The identical love he gives to his albums. All started with his same-named debut album in 1997. Further projects are A Perfect Tomorrow (2000), My World (2004), 5 (2007), St. Joseph Street (2009), Side B (2010) and Necessity (2012).

He left himself some time for his new album Who Said It Was Easy? (2018). He started to write some songs for his new album, when he still lived in Toronto. But properly his album took shape in his home studio in Vancouver, BC. He played in all instruments, that means guitars and keyboards and all the midi-programming. He also engineered and mastered the album. He also did the cover photography, artwork and layout and even made a promo video.

Originally he intended to write lyrics for his songs, he also wrote them, but then recorded the songs purely instrumentally. This definitely had an effect on the way he finally recorded the songs. Jamie: “I was “thinking/playing” the lyrics as I recorded the tunes. Made me truly focus on the meaning/intent of each song.” Since the development process turned out to be difficult and complex, it was obvious for him to name his album Who Said It Was Easy?.

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John Sherry – Two At Night

Master guitarist John Sherry resides on the Monterey Peninsula, home of the nation’s longest running Jazz Festival. His virtuosity as a guitarist has accorded him the honor of being voted Best Musician on the Monterey Peninsula three years in a row. In the words of Mac McDonald of the Monterey County Herald, “John Sherry is a marvel!” John has been a regular contributor of original music to the hit television show “The Mentalist” on CBS. John performs annually at prestigious events, including The Tiger Woods Foundation Golf Tournament at Pebble Beach; The Concours d’Elegance, for Bentley Motors, USA and Audi, USA; and the world-renowned Pebble Beach Food & Wine Festival.

His latest release is a romantic EP of 5-songs, titled Two At Night, which includes the Single “Red Wine” (as heard on “The Mentalist”), the elegant and gorgeous title track “Two At Night,” and his remarkable rendition of “Over The Rainbow.”

This acoustic guitar album is listed under contemporary jazz on CDBaby.

New Latitude – Vantage Point

Founder of the formation New Latitude are guitarists and composers Dave Erickson and Jim Carr. Their collective debut album is entitled Convergence (2014). Their sophomore project Vantage Point (2017) is now released.

The guitar duo is joined on the new album by Deon Kuhl (drums & percussion) and Robert Strickland (bass). New Latitude is comparing themselves with the music of Acoustic Alchemy, California Guitar Trio and Dominic Miller.

The opener Springtime offers an undercurrent of joy in abundance. Two guitars in perfect pitch and harmony allow to fly your dream. The Journey shows more of the acoustic consonance of both instruments finding ways into the sonic unison with wonderfully gentle phrases.

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Juan Carlos Mendoza – Mediterranova

Spanish bassist Juan Carlos Mendoza gained my attention through his CD Thanks To Life, an album with many musical surprises. His debut album from 2005 is entitled Mediterranova and shows the origins of this remarkable artist.

Originally from Chile he continued his musical life in Barcelona (Spain) and further on the Canary Islands, where he played with various jazz-rock groups. Then he arrived at Majorca and joined countless bands with local musicians. Further he traveled to Madrid and participated as a member of several groups. After 10 years both in the studio and live with the band Hevia he recorded his first album.

The recordings are supported by guitarists Juan Calleja, Nando Concalez, Jayme Marquez, Toni Jimeno, keyboardists Gherardo Catanzaro, Marco Rasa, Alexis Hernandez, drummers Minin Figuerola, Christian Costantini, David Hyam and many more. Although no artists from the known orbit of smooth jazz are involved, this is however an interesting work.

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New Latitude – Convergence

ConvergenceGuitarists and composers Dave Erickson and Jim Carr started New Latitude to play original music and share their passion for instrumental acoustic guitar music. Their CD Convergence is 100% original music with great synergy and acoustic guitar interplay on every song.

You find this album under Crossover Jazz at CDBaby.