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Review from Journeyscapes Radio

“Time and Again” is acoustic guitarist Bob Kilgore’s fifth album, joined throughout by his brother Bear on keyboards and percussion, and Sarah Dean on cello. As the inventor of a device called the harmonic capo, Bob kept his invention to himself for many years until he introduced it to the world in 2007. Combining elements of world, jazz, classical, solo acoustic and contemporary instrumental, Bob has crafted a dynamic and edgy, yet sophisticated album, full of intricate detail and vivid, colorful tones. There is a nocturnal quality to most of the pieces, with lots of minor chords and a frequent exotic flare.

“IDIBITS” opens the album with cascading guitar and synthesizers in a somewhat pensive mood. It is followed by the gently romantic, “Time and Again,” which features an acoustic trio of guitar, piano and cello that beautifully interact and complement one another. “Meeting of Waters”, which is probably my favorite track on the album, has a strong world fusion element. Inspired by the confluence of the Amazon River and Rio Negro in Brazil, one feels like they’ve embarked on an adventurous night sojourn, as they’re led by the sounds of percussion, piano and a gypsy-like guitar melody. Another favorite is “Caravan Jam”, a slightly dark and mysterious piece that features a ‘been’ or “snake charmer” instrument, hazy synthesizer sounds and sensual, middle-eastern percussion. “Stone Lions” is among the album’s more energetic, fast-paced tunes, and perfectly illustrates Bob’s highly impressive guitar playing skills. In fact, it’s almost hard to believe there are no guitar overdubs here! Likewise, Bob’s unique and interesting use of his harmonic capo is showcased on tracks like “Approaching Joy”, which is a fingerstyle, solo acoustic number; “Stop Motion”, a tapping tune that is accompanied by keyboards and synthesizers; and the closing “The Tortoise and Achilles”, which segues into a reprise of the opening track, before gently winding down.

“Time and Again” is an absolutely fantastic recording as well as one of the most enjoyable acoustic guitar centric albums I’ve heard in a long time. Bob has masterfully weaved many musical styles together, while touching on several cultures and geographical influences. “Time and Again” is enthusiastically recommended to those who enjoy both stellar guitar-playing and innovative, multi-genre music.

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus

"Time and Again" by Bob Kilgore is one of the most unique and intriguing albums I’ve written about in a while. That’s partly because of the music itself, but also the instrument it was created and played on. In addition to accompaniment on cello and keyboards, Bob’s primary instrument is… a guitar. But that is only part of the picture. What makes his ordinary guitar so different is a device he invented and markets called the Harmonic Capo. Simply put, this unassuming invention straps around the guitar’s neck like an ordinary capo but is specially designed to allow chiming crystalline harmonic notes on any fret. Combine that with Bob’s impressive dexterity and playing technique, unusual open tunings, and flair for intricate passages and odd time signatures, and you’ve got the ingredients that make this album so “noteworthy.”

The opening track begins with a gentle semi-classical sounding intro, after which Bob launches into a dynamic first movement accented by forceful notes on the low strings over a repeating arpeggiated chord sequence that provides a strong sense of forward motion. Also joining Bob is his brother Bear on keyboards supporting the song with synthesizer textures and bell sounds. Bear plays on all the tracks with the exception of two solo guitar pieces. Another instrumental voice, that of cellist Sarah Dean, is heard on the next song, the title track. This song has a mellower pastoral feel compared to the first one, and is absolutely gorgeous, evoking for me, the classic Windham Hill sound. “Stone Lions” shows Bob’s expertise on a difficult guitar technique called tapping. It is quite challenging to master, but Bob is certainly adept at it and provides a virtuoso display of his abilities. On a song called “Caravan Jam,” Bob and company venture into the World music genre with a Middle Eastern influenced piece that is as evocative as it is exotic.

There is no doubt that Bob Kilgore is a “guitarist’s guitarist.” From the incredible range of his compositions to his highly stylized playing techniques and absolute mastery of the fretboard, not to mention his invention and use of the Harmonic Capo, Bob is taking the instrument to a new level of exploration and innovation. However, as he shared, “Time and Again took four years to finish and I don’t know if there will be another album.” In which case I would say, don’t miss an opportunity to check out this impeccably innovative guitarist with a uniquely original sound that could well be unlike anything you’ve heard before.

To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: MichaelDiamondMusic.com

Time and Again, Bob Kilgore
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Instrumental, Music, New Age
  • Released: Mar 01, 2016

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