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John Stowell: Solitary Tales

Read "Solitary Tales" reviewed by John Barron

An entire disc of solo, improvised guitar music could easily run the risk of sounding like one continuous tune. Fortunately, Portand, Oregon-based guitarist John Stowell applies enough depth and open-minded searching to his nylon-string guitar to keep things interesting throughout Solitary Tales. The eleven-track disc was recorded live at the home of master guitar luthier Mike Doolin, who builds guitars for Stowell. Relying heavily on single-note lines, the guitarist seems to pull arching motifs out of thin air, eschewing clichés ...

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John Stowell: Resonance

Read "Resonance" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Resonance, as manifested in the new recording of the same title by guitarist John Stowell, takes two guises. First, as a talented guitarist with an impressive résumé, Stowell can be counted on, nee, expected to provide interesting and compelling performances of both his original and the jazz standard repertoire. This is certainly evident in his choice of recital items. Second, Stowell teams up with the modern guitar Stradivari, Mike Doolin, who provides him with the instruments upon which to weave ...


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