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Album Review

Michael Gulezian is among the many acoustic guitarists who came out of the "picker" field in the '70s. For those who might be unfamiliar with that term, "pickers" are acoustic guitar-playing instrumentalists like Robbie Basho, Peter Lang, Leo Kottke, and the prolific John Fahey. They are at their best when playing unaccompanied, and their music is essentially folk or folk-rock. Gulezian was in his early twenties when, in 1979, he recorded Unspoken Intentions for Takoma, a label that was quite picker-friendly at the time. On this excellent album, Gulezian's appreciation of Fahey, Kottke, and Basho comes through. But at the same time, he is very much his own man. Although Unspoken Intentions essentially falls into the folk-rock category, Gulezian brings a variety of influences to the table — influences that range from Southern country blues and slide guitar to traditional Indian music. And Gulezian's interest in Indian music seems perfectly logical when you take a look at his background. Although he was born and raised in the United States, Gulezian is of Armenian descent. He was exposed to a lot of traditional Armenian music growing up, and Armenian musicians — like Indian musicians — embrace what is known as modal playing. So there are definitely parallels between Armenian and Indian music. Another thing Gulezian brings to the table is a dreamy, airy quality and a sense of calm; there is something very reassuring about these performances. For many years, Unspoken Intentions was out of print. But in 2002, Fantasy reissued the album on CD and added two bonus tracks (both of which were recorded in 1981). Those who have never experienced the pleasures of Gulezian's acoustic guitar playing will find Unspoken Intentions to be an excellent starting point.

Customer Reviews

outstanding guitar playing

I don't know what the other reviewer is talking about since Michael does not sing on this album. Not only is he an accomplished acoustic guitar player, but the music he writes is stunning. I recommend purchasing the entire album and listening from beginning to end. Michael's music is written to guide you through a musical journey (okay that sounds cheezy I know, but it's true in this case) and is designed to be played as an album rather than individual songs. Fantastic stuff. I only wish iTunes would carry more of his music

Michael is great

I saw Michael perform a few different times while I was in college in Minnesota in the early 1990's. He is a great musician and his funny sweet personality comes across well on stage. This is a very good album. Brings back some nice memories.

Great Guitar!

(not a review of this album) I was able to see michael in my home town of cumberland Md.Great Guitar, fuuny guy, does Leo Kottke well, My only knock would be, though his voice is not awesome, he could totally make it work if he chose better, or more fitting songs. So in my opinion his instrumental songs are great, the ones with lyrics, not so great, not fully because of his voice, mostly the song choice.


Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Although not as well known as he deserves to be, Michael Gulezian is a talented folk-rock instrumentalist who comes out of the John Fahey/Leo Kottke/Robbie Basho school of acoustic guitar playing. All of those fellow guitarists influenced the Armenian-American, whose recordings have often had a very spiritual, dreamy, airy quality and sometimes underscore his interest in the traditional modal music of India and the Middle East. Born in 1957, Gulezian was only six when he started playing the acoustic...
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Unspoken Intentions, Michael Gulezian
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: New Age, Music
  • Released: Jun 04, 2002

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