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By A Customer
This review is from: Friday Night in San Francisco (Audio CD)
This CD was recommended to me by a neo-classical virtuoso (electric) guitarist, and having listened to it, I can see why he likes it. The "Jazz" sticker on the front of the CD case is slightly misleading. Although the contents of this album do have jazz traits, this is unlike most jazz I have heard, and I would consider it more "Accoustic Shred" (the term "shred" borrowed from the instrumental electric guitar music genre in which virtuoso musicians 'show off' their skills). The first song in particular is a good demonstration of this. Those looking for perfect composition should probably listen to the version of Rio Ancho on Paco De Lucia's 'Antologia' album, as it is less of a vehicle for demonstrating speedy playing and more an exercise in good composition. However, the 11 and a half minute long version on 'Friday Night...' is a more spontanious affair. Paco and Di Meola tear up their fretboards with awe-inspiring speed. Composition is not completely overlooked, but in my humble opinion it takes a back seat to blurred licks and plenty of tremolo picking. As the live recording can testify, at several points the playing becomes so intense that the crowd can barely contain themselves and erupt in a frenzy of cheers and whoops. Personally, I didn't feel that the rest of the songs (there are only 5 altogether!) were quite as impressive... although the 'Fantasia Suite' is worth a listen. In short, I would recommend this album to most fans of instrumental guitar music (if only for the impressive technique it contains), but also to anyone who likes their music with classical, flamenco and jazz elements.