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Eclectic pairs the highly lauded Austin-based Eric Johnson with jazz veteran Mike Stern for a set of original mostly instrumental tunes that live up to the album’s name. Moving from the back-and-forth funk of “Roll with It” to the Wes Montgomery–style bebop of “Tidal” to the Santana-like “Remember” to a bluesy version of Hendrix’s “Red House,” these modern masters have the entire history of the instrument at their fingertips. They also do an excellent job at pushing into some far corners like the African-inspired intro to “Bigfoot,” making this truly one for the guitar freaks out there.

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Boring. Get the New Jeff Sipe or Dave Stryker.

Waste of time.

WHAT A TREMENDOUS LETDOWN!!!

HOW COULD TWO SUCH AMAZING PLAYERS MAKE SUCH AN INSIPID ALBUM. MIKE, SERIOUSLY, TRY SOMETHING NEW... ANYTHING. ENOUGH WITH 'WISHING WELL'. EVERY SINGLE THING YOU RELEASE SOUNDS EXACTLY THE SAME. YOU'VE BEEN REHASING THE SAME LICKS FOR 20 YEARS!!!!! AND ERIC, AS AMAZING AS YOU WERE, YOU ARE IN THE SAME BOAT. WHAT A TREMENDOUS LETDOWN!!!

Strumming the ol' geee-tar

Two styles of unique guitar playing converge here on Eclectic. I didn't know what to expect when I heard about this project, but after a few samples online, I was convinced it was going to be awesome. And oh boy, I was right! First, it's nice to see an album with a LOT of substance and style. There is a boatload of music here...the album run time is well over an hour, so right there, I feel like I'm getting my money's worth. Additionally, the music is just stellar. "Benny Man's Blues" and "Dry Ice" stand out as the spotlight tracks for me, yet I found something to enjoy immensely about nearly every song.

Doesn't matter if you're unfamiliar with the music of Mike or Eric - they both compliment each others playing and it really makes this album something special for people with a fine understanding of the guitar. But even if you never plucked a guitar, you will find plenty to dig about this album.

Biography

Born: August 17, 1954 in Austin, TX

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Very few musical artists achieve a true signature style -- one that makes comparisons to other musicians impossible. But Texas guitarist Eric Johnson arguably comes as close to this echelon as any musician from the past quarter-century. Like fellow Lone Star State guitarists Johnny Winter, Billy Gibbons, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, Johnson blends the rock style of Jimi Hendrix and the blues power of Albert King. Yet Johnson's wide array of additional influences (from the Beatles and Jeff Beck to jazz...
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