This is a long one because I have fallen behind in telling you about all the great new releases. 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 (downloads preferred), but they must be purchasable worldwide, reflective of modern guitar (subjective, but no blues, classic rock, be-bop, country, etc.—all well covered elsewhere) 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.
The current European guitar scene is overflowing with exploratory guitarists like Noel Akchoté, Gunnar Geisse, David Kollar, and others. Richard Bonnet is another brilliant player in this vein, with chops to spare, but used in the service of pushing boundaries rather than athletics. Grounding in the blues keeps his flights of musical fancy rooted in real emotion as he attacks his custom instrument with abandon. He joins Akchoté and two other European guitarists on Skies [Alina Records] to pay tribute to the music of Ornette Coleman. His solo acoustic work on that record is only a one example of a career that includes electric and acoustic duos, trios, and composing for larger ensembles.