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John Goldie the view from here is a solo guitar project that shows a very creative, virtuosic guitarist. The project is impeccable recorded by Peter Finger in Germany and Nick Turner in Scotland. John hails from Scotland and most know him thought his endeavors with Martin Taylor in the "Spirit of Django" group as well as various other projects with Taylor. Even though I can hear a little of Martin's influences, especially on the swing tunes, this album demonstrates he is truly an artist in his own right.
There are thirteen tunes in the project with a running time of 41:13. There are four standards, "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "It's Not Unusual", "Revelation" and "Secret Love", all the rest are originals by John. The CD is a strong jazz offering, but you will also hear Celtic, blues, folk and a strong rhythm groove that almost lifts you right out of your chair. All the tunes are nicely arranged with strong melodies and inventive solos.
The beautiful ballad "the triste" was definitely my favorite with a haunting melody and then a great solo section with John dubbing in a background track. A short little tune of John's titled "Gird and Cleek" also intrigued me as I kept hearing it many hours after the CD was over.
John gets a beautiful sound from his Lowden acoustic guitar and also endorses AER Amplification and Picato strings.
John Goldie is definitely someone to keep your eye on as I'm sure you will hear a lot more from him in the future.
Track Listing: Slipstream, Hopscotch, The Linhe Fires, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Highland Fair, Paperchase, Butch Minds The Baby, It's Not Unusual, The Triste, Revelation, Lady Jane, Gird and Cleek, Secret Love
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.