People love lists; at least the majority of publications seem to think so. They stir up controversy, which attracts attention. Thus I feel almost obligated to offer a year’s best list, for this, our first year of publication.
Keep in mind that the top twelve, listed in no particular order, merely represents the recordings, released this year (ish), that I found myself returning to over the course of time. In the spirit of Guitar Moderne, I list them primarily to incite readers to check them out. They by no means are meant to be an “objective” list of the “best” recordings of the year, but only the ones that I heard and personally responded to—my best, if you will. They very much reflect my own taste and your list will undoubtedly vary. By all means chime in and let me know what you think I missed. Continue reading →
While on a trip to London I had the pleasure of attending a show featuring the phenomenal drummer, Seb Rochford (Polar Bear, Babyshambles, Andy Sheppard) in duo with an equally impressive pianist, Kit Downes . Looking for more of Mr. Downes on YouTube, I discovered another of his projects, Troyka; a trio that purveys an irresistible Booker T meets Zappa sound, tempering technical virtuosity with manic joy. Of interest to Guitar Moderne readers is Troyka’s terrific guitarist, Chris Montague, who was kind enough to respond to our inquiries in a thorough and thoughtful manner.