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Ken Silverman: Guitar Fantasies

Read "Guitar Fantasies" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


With Guitar Fantasies Ken Silverman continues on the path he started on the 2015 release Parallel Man (Soundseer). The focus is again on the multifaceted melodies that simultaneously reflect elements of various genres while remaining anchored in the jazz idiom. While on Parallel Man there were more western classical motifs on the current album rock influences predominate. The three “Guitar Fantasies" demonstrate this amply. On number 2 Silverman's nimble and brisk strums together with bassist Sam McPherson's taut ...

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Ken Silverman: Parallel Man

Read "Parallel Man" reviewed by Graham E Peterson


A modern guitar trio led by New York City guitarist Ken Silverman comes out of the gate burning with rhythmic intensity on the title track “Parallel Man." Silverman develops a motif of parallel guitar lines while a powerful rhythm sections support his development. He enters into a glistening glissando section bringing to mind sounds of sitar that build a drive so hard that his tone reminds one of a Charles Mingus solo, ready to explode. There is no doubt an ...

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Ken Silverman: Parallel Man

Read "Parallel Man" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


At first glance guitarist Ken Silverman's Parallel Man appears to be an album having an identity crisis. It seems lacking a unifying theme and the sense of adventure that marked its predecessors. A careful listen, however, reveals another explorative dimension, one that tries to find the core commonality among seemingly disparate genres. From the western swing of “Little Ditty" to the soulful blues of “Odyssey In Blue" to a Sergei Prokofiev composition these performances are all enveloped with an intimate ...

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Ken Silverman: Visionaries

Read "Visionaries" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Most of the world simply lives by the known, but some people fantasize about discoveries and ideas that are beyond the generally accepted scope of possibility. A select few from that list manage to make their dreams turn into reality, and they go down in history as visionaries; these are the people that multi-instrumentalist Ken Silverman salutes on Visionaries. A New York-based guitarist/composer who also plays charango, oud, and synthesizer on this solo date, Silverman chose a ...

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Ken Silverman: Visionaries

Read "Visionaries" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


Multi-string instrumentalist Ken Silverman's first solo outing, Visionaries, is a collection of intimate sketches dedicated to those musicians (and other artists) who have inspired him. Silverman penned these abstract, tonal portraits first, and then named them after these iconic individuals. The result is the ultimate homage to eleven trailblazers. Each piece has, within it, diverse influences. “Hamza" is a multifaceted oud improvisation that fuses breathtakingly unrestrained musical expression with hypnotic vamps. It also melds distinctly western harmonic ...


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