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Touch Wood [CD]

Antonio Forcione Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (3 Jan 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Naim
  • ASIN: B0000AQVEY
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,753 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Touch Wood
2. Tarantella
3. Mirror Mirror
4. Alhambra
5. Sunstep
6. Gigolo
7. Tango Suite/Libertango
8. For Vic
9. Watercolour
10. Nostalgia
11. Scrambled Eggs
12. Mirror

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5.0 out of 5 stars Guitar magic...plus extras 2 Jan 2004
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As a long-term fan of Forcione, you may say I'm biased - but I defy anyone who plays or appreciates the acoustic guitar to be anything other than enraptured by the maestro's latest collection.
Here is a player with effortless technique and an ear for a huge range of styles and cultures, enjoying his music to the full in the company of many excellent musicians. Ever a generous performer, Antonio's current band (two guitars, cello and percussion) is further enriched by the addition of guests and friends from all corners of the world.
At one extreme, the funky latin jazz-tinged guitar duels between Forcione and Georgio Serci are exploited to the full on Gigolo and Tango Suite. A new recording of Alhambra sounds moody and more authentically Spanish than ever, courtesy of raw vocals by Diego el Cigala. Forcione's 12-string technique is also demonstrated to great effect, notably on the cheeky Tarantella (look out for Jenny Adejayan's lively cello) and Scrambled Eggs. There are also quieter, neo-classical pieces to add to the tapestry created on this fine collection.
Buy and appreciate. This is a stunning effort, but even better - look out for Antonio's next live gigs. You'll be blown away!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acoustic Guitar at its best 27 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
I simply love this CD. I heard Forcione on BBC's Late Junction on Radio 3 at 10:15pm Monday to Thursday. And immediately felt I had to go and buy one of his albums. I need to buy all the rest now but I don't know which ones to start with.
If you like guitar. Or just like music in general, this is excellent!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply stunning acoustic finger-work 16 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
A friend of mine was simply awe-struck by this guy at the Larmer Tree Festival a couple of years ago and played me tonnes of it last weekend while we were re-wiring his house - now I'm buying it myself!
I have never heard such an opening on an album. It goes from 0 to 60 in a tenth of a second with blisteringly fast fretwork. If you like Los Gauchos Alamanes, Gitbox or the California Guitar Trio then you'll find yourself at home with this guy. If you simply want to hear an acoustic guitar being played to the full - buy it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Probably Antonio's best work in one recording 17 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD
I've been a fan of Antonio's UK career since he was busking in Covent Garden and have seen his career develop, so I'm no longer surprised by this musician's bountiful gifts. However, I have been waiting for some time for recordings that adequately match the spirit of his breathtaking live performances.

For anyone not familiar with Antonio's work, it can be tough to describe. Jazz is the closest you can get, yet like many innovative musicians/composers (e.g. Hermeto Pascoal), such descriptions can fall way short of what you hear. Suffice to say that if you value excellent acoustic guitar-driven, jazz-influenced music, and are a fan of the more explorative music of artists such as John Mclaughlin, Pat Metheny or any ECM artist, you will find this music very rewarding.

After a overly lengthy career in a duo with Catalan prog-rock guitarist and gypsy Spanish stylist, Eduardo Niebla, Antonio finally broke free to start his own, now highly successful career. To my mind, this recording represents a culmination of that career.

Combining a first rate band, including the outstanding guitarist/composer Giorgio Serci and Cellist Jenny Adejayan, this combines revisionist arrangements of some of his best prior work ("For Vic", "Nostalgia" and "Sunstep"), some outstanding new works (the hilariously titled "Scrambled Eggs") with cover versions (Piazolla's tango pieces with Serci's beautiful "Watercolour") and knits them into a well balanced set. This is also his most mature album to date, showing Antonio both at the height of his powers, yet confident and relaxed enough to allow the music and his fellow musicians space to breathe.

The result is simply great.
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