James Beaudreau: Java Street Bagatelles (2006)
Replete with rhythm, melody and harmony, the playing is conventional enough not to scare off those for whom "improvised guitar may sound alarm bells; but it also has enough pithy quirks to keep guitar and improv freaks coming back for more. By and large, it is the kind of music that you might put on as a soothing balm between bouts with other more complex musicsthe musical equivalent of a sorbet between courseslight, subtle, cleansing, enjoyable.
Only when Beaudreau switches to electric guitar for "The Robot Prince does the sound acquire a greater cutting edge and the mood darken a little; but that merely acts as an interlude in the overall mood of laid-backness, heightening it by contrast. It is very appropriate that many of the track titles on this limited edition release suggest some sort of rural idyll.
Track Listing: Welcome; Pressed Grass; Meadow March; Hare; Plum; Nebula; The Unexpected Guest; Tea and Scone; Piano Roll; Tangerine; Blimp; Northward Vale; Maple Moon; Overhedge; Daffodil; Wheelhouse; August; Walnut Star; The Robot Prince; Spanish Moss; Under the Tree on the Hill; Twilight Time; Wafer Bridge; Fort Tryon.
Personnel: James Beaudreau: electric and acoustic guitars.
Record Label: Workbench
Style: Modern Jazz