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Jack West

Make no mistake, Jack West is on the path less taken. It's not only that he plays the eight-string acoustic guitar, a unique instrument that he had specially constructed while searching for the sounds he had been hearing in his mind. West is a musician dedicated to exploring uncharted territory, mapping stunning, minutely detailed soundscapes that feel uncannily familiar and yet completely fresh. If the title of his record, Big Ideas, suggests that this is heady music, there is a rigorous sense of structure to many of West's tunes. But in the fine-grained textures he creates with his quartet, there's also an intuitive sense of interplay and generosity of spirit found in the finest jazz ensembles. "My main goal as a writer has always been to try and create music that sounds like something I haven't heard," says the Bay Area-based guitarist

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Big Ideas

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Label: Ahead Behind Music
Released: 2000
Duration: 04:04

Big Ideas

Label: Ahead Behind Music
Released: 2001
Track listing: Introduction

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jack West & Curvature: Big Ideas

Read "Big Ideas" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

8-string acoustic guitarist Jack West melds organically induced homespun themes with blues and jazz overtones on his fifth release, titled Big Ideas. Here, “Jack West and Curvature” renders subtle intimacy along with pumping beats and atmospheric propositions as the guitarist makes every note count whether pursuing bluesy bottleneck slide choruses or jazzy lines amid enticing harmonic ...

Big Ideas

Label: Ahead Behind Music
Released: 2000

As We Know It

Label: Ahead Behind Music
Released: 1999

Continuum

Label: Ahead Behind Music
Released: 1996


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