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Album Review

It's rare for three guitarists of this caliber to be assembled for a recording date. John Abercrombie claimed that he hadn't touched his acoustic guitar for three years prior to receiving an invitation to make this recording, though he was obviously ready when the tape rolled. Larry Coryell has made a number of acoustic recordings prior to this disc. Badi Assad's three previous CDs for Chesky have all merited high praise.

Assad contributed five compositions to the session, though the stunning opener, "Seu Jorge e Dona Ica," is hard to beat. She initially accompanies her fellow guitarists on a percussive instrument called a kalimba, which sounds like it originates from Africa. This six-minute work has several distinctive sections, including a bit of her mouth percussion. Her "After the Rain" showcases the intricate interplay between the three guitarists. The moody, march-like "Metamorphosis" also proves compelling, while her switch to copper flute with an interspersing vocal transforms the piece into borderline avant-garde.

Assad's body percussion introduces Abercrombie's challenging "Descending Grace," a piece full of surprising twists. His "Ralph's Piano Waltz" is every bit as difficult, but the players seem to tackle it effortlessly.

Coryell also brought several of his pieces to the sessions. "New Lute Prelude" was inspired by the late Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida, it serves as a brief introduction to the much more laid-back "New Lute Interlude." He also composed two duets to play with Assad. The wild "No Flight Tonight" features her vocals and incredible mouth and body percussion as the sole accompaniment for Coryell. They also walk a musical tightrope together in his "Exercise in Fourths" without any slips. Highly recommended.

Customer Reviews

The best acoustic guitar album ever!

First, I agree with Notadumdass, I can't believe that some young unknowledgable girl rated this album with one star just because she thought it was the soundtrack to Abercrombie. I have had the great opportunity to see Badi Assad live and she is amazing! The fact that she was named by Acoustic Guitar magazine as one of the most influencial and ground breaking guitarists next to greats such as Jimi Hendrix tells you enough. Buy this album and you will learn what true guitar innovation sounds like.

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Balancing out the review from the princess

Totally Blown Away

By the talent of these three! Great guitar instrumentals, and relaxing as well. This album is so good. I highly recommend it.

Biography

Born: 1966 in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

Genre: World

Years Active: '00s

Badi Assad is one of Brazil's most talented performers. A heartfelt vocalist who sings in English and Portuguese and is known for her Bobby McFerrin-like improvisations, Assad is also one of the country's truly accomplished guitar players. In 1995, Assad was voted Best Acoustic Fingerstyle Guitarist by editors of Guitar Player, while readers of the magazine named her album Rhythms the Best Classical Album of the Year. Although her earlier albums focused on unique interpretations of songs by songwriters...
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  • $11.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: Jul 22, 2003

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