When it starts, you hear synthesizers and plaintive guitar – the start of a typical “smooth” album. Then the theme closes with a catchy three-note pattern and the guitar gets louder. Alex Foster’s alto enters the picture, and the theme seems stronger; the synthesizer also makes like plucked strings. The guitar solo is high and piercing, musing with the slightest touch of urgency. It’s a pure sound with a touch of the Byrds’ classic tone. When the theme returns, the backing is thick and everyone plays the last part in unison. The tune is simple; the arrangement is not. And ...read more
First you will say, “What’s a 10-string guitar?” To put it simply, it has greater range than a 6-string guitar, without the jangling sound associated with the 12-string. Janet Marlow makes it sing mellow, and here she puts it in smooth surroundings, taking it around the world. The sound is warm, intimate, and very active for this genre. Smooth, maybe. Romance? You bet!
The congas pop and the organ whistles on “Tropical Guitar”, a sunny place far from noise. Janet’s line is simple and clean, some chords in places, but nothing flashy – just beautiful. Her solo is basic: the ...read more