Guitar Moderne Record Picks VI

Another abundance of riches with new recordings from Tim Brady, Rez Abbasi, Harvey Valdes, David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, Pat Metheny, Mike Baggetta, and more.

Two great new records from the man most responsible for keeping the electric guitar into modern classical music alive: Tim Brady

Instruments of Happiness: Electric Guitar Quartet [Starkland Records] This is new chamber music for electric guitars with works by Tim Brady, Antoine Berthiaume and Rainer Wiens. Guitarists: Tim Brady, Gary Schwartz, Michel Héroux, Antoine Berthiaume.

Of Sound, Mind and Body: Concert #3: Le Gesù [Red Shift Records] An improvised music ensemble with Brady (electric guitar, electronics), Shawn Mativetsky (tabla and percussion), Helmut Lipsky (violin) and guest Gabriel Dharmoo (voice).

Harvey Valdes Trio PointCounterPoint [Self-released] Valdes contributes 7-string guitar and compositions and is joined by Sana Nagano on violin and Joe Hertenstein on drums. He calls PointCounterPoint a “modern jazz/post metal mash up that bridges the gap between composed material and improvisation.” Sounds about right.

Rez Abbasi & Junction Behind The Vibration [Cuneiform Records] Junction is the electric project Abbasi formed with Mark Shim on tenor saxophone and the electronic MIDI Wind Controller, Ben Stivers on keyboards, B-3 organ and Rhodes, and drummer Kenny Grohowski. Abbasi’s world music experience and some electronic effects embed this “fusion” excursion firmly in the present.

David “Fuze” Fiuczynski Flam! Bam! Pan Asian Microjam [Rare Noise] Microtonal master “Fuze” says, “All melodies and resulting harmonies are based on microtonal bird song transcriptions and it’s dedicated to JDilla and O. Messiaen.

Arbeit Schickert Schneider: Ass [Bureau B] A modern guitar summit where renowned Berlin guitarists Günter Schickert (Ziguri), Jochen Arbeit (Die Haut, Einstürzende Neubauten, Automat), and Dirk Dresselhaus (Schneider TM, Angel, Locust Fudge) combine and transcend their influences with their debut as a trio.

Cuong Vu Trio/Pat Metheny Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny [Nonesuch] Pat Metheny at his most modern: dissonant, distorted playing and wild, synth-guitar effects meet his former employee’s trumpet and killer playing from Stomu Takeishi on bass and Ted Poor on drums.

Mike Baggetta Spectre [FSNT] Mike Baggetta joins Jerome Harris on acoustic bass guitar and Billy Mintz on drums for an improv fest that seamlessly incorporates multiple guitar styles, cool vibrato arm work, and looping.


Record Picks is a periodic offering from Guitar Moderne: a listing of recordings brought to my attention that I feel are momentous enough to bring to yours. These are not reviews. Feel free to submit recordings, but they must be purchasable worldwide, reflective of modern guitar (again subjective, but no blues, classic rock, be-bop, country, etc.) and on a par with the ones below to rate a mention. Many of these are available from DMG in NYC. If you have sent me a recording, feel free to remind me.


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