Guitar Moderne Record Picks XX

The new releases are piling up. Though live music shows are starting again, it is with limited audiences—hence limited money, so it would help these artists if you were to buy their recordings. Also, it will give you something to do all while we all wait this out.

Vinicius Cajado and Kenji Herbert Uni [Urchin Records]

Uni opens with Mr. Herbert playing essentially scales, demonstrating that with a sure touch and a few judicious effects, a simple exercise can be turned into beautiful music. From there things get much more aggressive but no less musical.

Christy Doran’ Sound Fountain Lift The Bar [Between The Lines]

A pioneer of modern guitar who hasn’t lost his fire.

Giacomo Fiore michael pisaro: black, white, red, green, blue [Bandcamp]

A continuous 44:18 meditation through variations of sound and silence. Somehow perfect for this time of spiritual agitation.

Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel Halocline  [Stick Figure Recordings]. 

Scott Burland (Theremin) and Frank Schultz (Lap Steel) are back with their slippery ambient sound.

Klimchak/Schultz Six Feet Apart [Bandcamp]

Frank Schultz from Duet For Theremin and Lap Steel returns with a remote collaboration recording. He and percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Klimchak sent files back and forth in the days before Covid, as though they knew something we didn’t.

Matteo Liberatore Gran Sasso [Bandcamp]

Using just a Danelectro Convertible tuned down a whole step and a volume pedal, Libertore presents a 20-minute piece that blurs improvisation and composition through the use of, as he puts it, “pace, intention, atmosphere, and immediacy.”

TV Boon Trio The Very Best Of Oti Nanai [Bandcamp]

Jam Pedal CEO Jannis Anastasakis brings his electric guitar, effects, analog-synth-bass, loops and live-sampling into a trio with Floros Floridis on sax, clarinet, and electronics, and Yorgos Dimitriadis on drums, electronics. Recorded in 2018 this textural treat is now available for download.

Ben Tyree/Sameer Gupta Unruly Neighbors [Sonic Architectures]

Ben Tyree’s guitar, slide and otherwise, joins Sameer Gupta drums/tablas/percussion for some remote improvisation on their debut recording project. Despite the social distancing, there is a sense of immediacy to this dense, distorted, and cohesive music.

Matt Gold Imagined Sky [Whirlwind Recordings]

The guitarist from Chicago duo Sun Speak, offers music from that place where jazz meets Americana.

Octocrazy Escape From Brooklyn [Frères d’Âme]

Guitarist Stefan Bongiu and bassist Laurent David have released a recording of a New York improvised session beautifully recorded just before lockdown that demonstrates a high level of musical and sonic compatibility, along with a wide range of textures produced with minimal effects.

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