Friday Night in San Franc
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If you have even the most remotely open mind when it comes to music you will find the playing and the pieces on this CD breathtaking in their accessibility, humour, warmth, virtuosity (yes), beauty and musicality.
Lots of it has a flamenco feel and its the often hypnotic rythmn of that genre that ensured this would never have become (as far as non jazz fans are concerned) a bit of a jazz-geek love-in.
Its one of THOSE albums, where you put it on the best stereo, crank up the speakers, turn off the lights, close your eyes and lose yourself, over and over again, hearing new things every time.
The audience appreciation adds to the pleasure of listening to what was obviously an incredible night, listen to this and you will, like me, wish you'd been there.
If you like great live virtuoso guitar, buy it!
The music is purely guitar-instrumental - no vocals, no other instrumentation - and full of spontaneous improvisations, so usually classified as `jazz.' However there are strong classical and flamenco elements. The interplay between the three musicians and between the musicians and the audience (who obviously loved every minute of it and make their appreciation very audible) is highly intuitive, warm and friendly; the atmosphere of the event is very special.
The CD release is good, but the quality of the SACD is fabulous: rich, clear and perfectly balanced, easily justifying the extra cost. Not all SACD releases of live-on-stage performances are this good, but here you really do notice the difference: unconditionally recommended.
To put it simply, if you like guitar, you will like this. Whether you be a fan of Eric Clapton or Wes Montgomery, Eddie Van Halen or Slash, Jimmy Page or Jimi Hendrix, the music produced by these three players with BLOW YOUR MIND.
The music is a jazz-flamenco fusion, all acoustic.
The first 4 tracks are live (with great atmosphere). The last track is a studio recording, but it's still damn entertaining.
You don't have to be a jazz fan to like it!
There is one draw back however, if you are a guitar player, this will not boost your confidence. No matter how good you are this recording will stun you.
The album opener `Mediterranean Sundance' starts off with the most delightful guitar phrases and melodies, before it becomes a little more free form and jazz inspired and then comes back to it's original theme and finishes with a flourish. Spellbinding stuff and an awesome way to start the proceedings. The rest of the album follows suit and shows the virtuosity of all three musicians whilst giving them each room to breathe and shine.
There have been some criticisms that this lacks heart or passion and whilst it is technically brilliant and maybe of more interest to those who already play guitar, that argument isn't entirely fair. This can sound rather flat in places certainly, but it can also romp with abandon at other times and you can tell from the reactions that both audience and musicians are enjoying themselves. It also pays to be aware of the time this was recorded in and these guitar gymnastics were all the rage.
If you enjoy jazz and flamenco and if you play the guitar yourself then this should leave you pretty impressed and whilst it may not make your stomach ache with that emotion other music brings, it still manages to offer you something that nothing else is able to; even if that is just awe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Some amazing guitar playing but too 'widdly' to be relaxing. For guitarists and musicians its a 5 star CD. For everyone else it may be too intense.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
A good recording which captures the talents of these three virtuososPublished 13 months ago by Michael Paul Richards
magnific, superlative, outstanding piece of music... best listened on headphonesPublished 13 months ago by mike