The late September and October releases are piling up so it became obvious that I needed to let you know about these already available recordings ASAP. Old friends Tim Motzer, Tim Olive, Elliott and Jake Vossler have been busy, along with some new faces as well.
This will be a periodic new offering from Guitar Moderne: an entirely subjective listing of recordings that come to my attention that are momentous enough to make sure they come 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, country, etc.) and on a par with the ones below to rate a mention. Many of these are available from DMG in NYC.
King Crimson [Robert Fripp/David Cross/John Wetton/Bill Bruford] –Starless [Limited Edition 27 CD/DVD/BluRay Box Set] (DGM 671974; UK) From 1973 but still modern.
It might be stretching it a bit to call Tim Olive a guitarist. His instrument generally has a single string that he attacks as much as plays. But if Keith Rowe is a guitarist, then we must suppose so is Olive—just a minimalist version. It is ultimately harder to make music out of noise than notes, but Olive succeeds more often than he fails, serving as a fine example to those who toil in the garden of chaotic improvisation, attempting to grow something beautiful in the soil of pure sound.