Superhuman acoustic guitar playing was de rigueur for the New Age music of the 1980s and '90s, though personality often suffered at the expense of technical ability. Only a few artists:, such as Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges were able to float as cream to the top of a pile of wannabes, all who could play perfectly, but with absolutely no spirit.
On Antoine Dufou's fifth solo CD, Sound Pictures the guitarist plays his own composition, "Spiritual Groove," before an audience. Technically splendid and captured with crystalline sonic clarity, the piece displays all of the percussive and harmonic tricks that make solo acoustic guitar both interesting and compelling. Dufour is more than capable in dispatching even the most complex melodic lines while making them sound as if Byron were throwing off verses at will.
The first jazz record I received
as a visiting gift from my
Japanese uncle at his
international division of
Toshiba EMI Tokyo was a
sample copy of Miles Davis'
Bitches Brew. A game
changer redirecting my
browsing habits and collection.