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Take Five With Barry Cleveland

Read "Take Five With Barry Cleveland" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Barry Cleveland: Barry Cleveland's guitar playing is rooted in progressive and psychedelic rock, branching into ambient, experimental, funk, and various ethnic styles--enhanced by cutting-edge electronics and unorthodox playing techniques. He's also a deft engineer and producer with an iconoclastic approach to recording and mixing. Cleveland released his first commercial album--Mythos--on Larry Fast's Audion Recording Company label in 1986, followed by the more electronic Voluntary Dreaming in 1989. Most of the material on these two albums was ...

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Barry Cleveland: Hologramatron

Read "Hologramatron" reviewed by Mark Redlefsen

Hologramatron is an imaginative progressive rock-oriented release by guitarist Barry Cleveland. Proficient technique commands attention throughout the entire CD, alongside Cleveland's writing, and arranging of the entire set. The songs are rich in sonic texture, and with panoptic social political messages that require a close listen. Cleveland recruited a number of responsive talented players to communicate with the proper chops and phrases on Hologramatron. Robert Powell's pedal steel and lap-steel guitars play foil to--and yet also blend ...

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Barry Cleveland: Beyond Convention

Read "Barry Cleveland: Beyond Convention" reviewed by Anil Prasad

The personal is the political for guitarist and composer Barry Cleveland. That perspective is evident on Hologramatron (MoonJune, 2010), his new album featuring songs that serve as a response to the socio-political and religious narratives woven by the voices dominating today's 24-hour news cycles. Cleveland is unafraid of telling it exactly as he sees it, with lyrics that delve deep into the paradoxical viewpoints that inform the morass of modern partisan discourse.Hologramatron is only predictable in its unpredictability. ...

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Barry Cleveland: Volcano

Read "Volcano" reviewed by John Kelman

Barry Cleveland is an associate editor of Guitar Player magazine and, as such, could easily be mistaken for being more concerned with the logistics, technical rigours and, well, guitar godhood of someone who spends a lot of time focused on the craft of the instrument, rather than its potential for musicality. And there's little doubt that Cleveland has a full command of his instrument, both as a player and a shaper of sound, utilizing all manner of processing to create ...

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Barry Cleveland: Volcano

Read "Volcano" reviewed by AAJ Staff

When the goddess speaks, she speaks in rhythm, as Barry Cleveland tells us on his latest release, Volcano. Based on his intuitive take of the various spiritual paths that use percussion to convey the spirit of the divine feminine, Cleveland and his cohorts open the door to a different way to perceive the many energies of the world.While the labels “World Music" and “New Age" could be applied to Cleveland's African and Afro-Haitian effort, there is much here ...


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