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Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL!

Brian Setzer

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Album Review

Given the never-ending flood of Brian Setzer albums, it comes as a mild shock that 2011’s Setzer Goes Instru-MENTAL! is his first-ever instrumental record. And a good one it is, too. Concentrating on the pre-Beatles classics that are his lifeblood, he tears it up on “Blue Moon of Kentucky” and “Be-Bop-A-Lula,” crosses the ocean for “Cherokee,” then throws a slight curve ball by dipping his toe into bluegrass with “Earl’s Breakdown” and “Hillbilly Jazz Meltdown.” It’s enough to distinguish the album from the innumerable collections of swinging rockabilly and rocking jazz that Setzer has released since his ‘90s big-band makeover, but the best thing about the album is how it focuses squarely on Setzer’s quick picking, confirming how he is a consummate roots guitarist.

Customer Reviews

Rollicking fun

I love every second of this! There are decidedly some new directions here. There's Hillbilly Jazz, Chet Atkins style country, some really tasty solo guitar tracks, and lots of the Rockabilly we've come to expect.

This wonderful record fits perfectly within Setzer's amazing body of works. It is really great to hear what guitarists do once they get into the 50+ age range. Think of the latest from Jeff Beck, Clapton, Robben Ford, Reverend Horton Heat, and Buddy Guy (who is coming up on 80)

Phenomenal guitar playing

From one of the best. Go-Go Godzilla my favorite. In the film Soul Surfer
loving this!

Great Album

I pre ordered this being a Brian Setzer fan. When I saw it was all instrumental and there was a Godzilla track, it was a done deal. Obviously I am also a Godzilla fan. The album was different then I thought it would be and that's a good thing. I thoroughly enjoyed the album and it is one of my favorites. I wish it were a little longer with at least two more tracks, but if Brian is reading these reviews, one more instrumental album as a follow up Brian. I think it was such a fantastic idea to do an all instrumental album. Thank you Brian. And thank you itunes for making this a high bitrate release.

Biography

Born: April 10, 1959 in Massapequa, NY

Genre: Rock

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

With his guitar chops and retro-chic frontman persona, Brian Setzer helped launch two unlikely revivals during his career: rockabilly and swing. Born in Massapequa, New York, he spent most of his youth in nearby Long Island, where he received his first instrument — the euphonium — at age eight. He played the tuba-like instrument for ten years and dreamt of fronting a big band with horns, although the discovery of punk music during his teens expanded his tastes beyond jazz. He began devoting...
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