Posts Tagged ‘ Acoustic Guitar ’

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.

Peter White – Smile

When distinct modesty couples with excellent artistry, this applies absolutely to the guitarist Peter White. The uncrowned leader of the smooth jazz genre has already released his fourteenth studio album, his third for the label Heads Up International.

White is joined by vocalists Mindi Abair and Stevo Theard, trumpeter Rick Braun, saxophonist Euge Groove, keyboardist Philippe Saisse, bassist Nate Phillips, percussionist Ramon Yslas and his daughter Charlotte White on violin.

Stylistically White remains faithful to himself. Also on this album the acoustic guitar is his favorite instrument. All tracks are written by Peter White and DC with the exception of Don Quixote’s Final Quest, which Peter composed with Freddie Ravel.

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Steffen Goeres – A Dozen One Afternoon

DozenIt is a tribute to Steffen´s high quality education and musicianship that these twelve songs were recorded on the nylon string guitar in just one afternoon – a “live” recording somewhat rare in studios these days, where multiple takes, overdubbing and digital remastering are commonplace. Hence the title A Dozen One Afternoon.

This purity and simplicity in the production fits well with Steffen´s style of composition. The tunes might best be described as smooth jazz, with each one arranged to combine strong melodies, beautiful harmonies and impeccable timing – all played with the warm rich tones that only the perfected classical technique produce.

The twelve songs on this album were recorded on the Nylon String Guitar – a “live” recording, somewhat rare in studios these days. The tunes might best be described as soft jazz – intelligent and sophisticated, yet entirely listenable to any audience now at CDBaby.

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