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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields

Read "Familiar Fields" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

The nine original compositions that make up Familiar Fields were conceived by composer/guitarist Hristo Vitchev between the releases of Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds, 2009) and his seven-movement Perperikon Suite (Self Produced, 2011). Vitchev wisely decided that these pieces deserved a home of their own, and that choice is more than validated here. Sharing instrumental ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields

Read "Familiar Fields" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

There's a poignant scene in the film Gladiator (DreamWorks/Universal, 2000), where the film's hero, Maximus--played by actor and guitarist, Russell Crowe--flashes back on the lush fields of his far away farm home. There's a longing, a yearning sense in that memorable, moving sequence. Those fields pull at his heart.

With Familiar Fields, his fifth CD ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields

Read "Familiar Fields" reviewed by Chris Mosey

New Age jazz from a guitarist very much in the Pat Metheny tradition. Hristo Vitchev was born in Bulgaria but now lives--as do a great many other New Agers--in San Francisco. He wrote the music on this album some time ago but says the songs “were constantly searching for their own voice, their own identity, and ...

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Hristo Vitchev Quartet: Familiar Fields

Read "Familiar Fields" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

In an age where there is a constant demand for instant gratification, it takes courage to let musical material develop at a slow pace in order to realize an artistic vision. Nevertheless, this is what Bulgarian-born guitarist Hristo Vitchev has done on his album, Familiar Fields, whose compositions were written in the space between Vitchev's second ...