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Rob Levit: Touch the Spirit

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Rob Levit is an amazing guitarist and a deep, feeling musician. Uncertain Path (Symbol System, 2004) revealed his electric side alongside a band, and now Touch the Spirit explores his solo relationship with the acoustic guitar, both steel and nylon, with a bit of electric thrown in. Levit is also a bit of a Renaissance man--he painted the album art. Openly indebted to such guitarists as Tim Reynolds, John McLaughlin and Pat Metheny, he also specifically mentions Keith Jarrett (and his 1986 ECM album Spirits) as inspiration. The 24 cuts naturally are on the short side, meant ...

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The Rob Levit Trio: Uncertain Path

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Rob Levit is a talented Annapolis, Maryland based guitarist and composer. His trio recording Uncertain Path is a collection of ten original compositions and three arrangements of tunes by Sting, Bob Marley and Wayne Shorter.

Levit's compositions represent a varied cross section of styles and creative inventiveness that keeps the listener's ear hooked. The opening tune, “Singularity," is an angularly melodic 32-bar samba that prominently features both Levit and drummer Frank Russo. Another tune that draws attention is the title cut, “Uncertain Path." Opening with drums alone then bass, Levit creates an interesting melody that while is in unison with ...

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Rob Levit: Uncertain Path & Anatomy of Ecstasy

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Rob Levit Uncertain Path Symbol System Records 2004

Many musicians who explore a wide variety of musical styles are unable to combine them into a coherent whole. Not Rob Levit though, a guitarist who is able to seamlessly blend all sorts of influences from blues to funk to heavy metal into a coherent whole. Thus Uncertain Path is an ironic title for an album that is so focused.

Levit contributes most of the compositions and shows a knack for creating memorable melodies that bear a strong resemblance to the work of Pat ...

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Rob Levit Trio: Uncertain Path

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If “guitar" was a musical style, Rob Levit would be at the top of it. On the one hand, he is a jazz guitarist who can take a basic melody and turn it outside in to explore its inner beauty or reveal its seamy underbelly. Then again, he can rip off some of the fastest licks this side of anyone or draw out a single perfect blue note until the tension rises to a feverish pitch. He is also equally impressive playing an elegant classical line or taunting the gods of heavy metal thunder with searing leads that cut through ...



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