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Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun

Read "Firm Fragile Fun" reviewed by Dave Wayne

Let's get one thing out of the way: guitarist and leader of the eminently capable quartet featured on Firm Fragile Fun Marnix Busstra sounds a great deal like John Scofield. Busstra's tone, phrasing, attack, and even his choice of guitar parallel those of the celebrated solo artist and ex-Miles Davis plectrist. When he digs into the second-line strutter “Fun" and the blues-based ballad “Smoky," he could provide a real challenge for someone being subjected to one of those DownBeat Blindfold ...

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Marnix Busstra: Firm Fragile Fun

Read "Firm Fragile Fun" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Can a single word sum up the meaning and magic of a song? In the large majority of cases, the answer is no. But that doesn't mean a brief descriptor can't serve as a window into a composition's bearing. Just look at the track titles on the latest release from Dutch guitarist-composer Marnix Busstra: each song on Firm Fragile Fun gets its name from a single word assigned to it by some of Busstra's non-musician friends, instantaneously bringing to light ...


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