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James Blackshaw

When UK-native James Blackshaw plays his 12-string guitar, something spiritual takes place. Performing and recording since 2003, his name is frequently mentioned alongside the likes of Jack Rose, Steffen Basho-Junghans, Sir Richard Bishop and Glenn Jones as one of the most foremost modern pioneers of solo acoustic guitar music. Now at the age of 25, Blackshaw, an untrained musician born and still residing in the suburban environs of Greater London, draws as much inspiration from early religious music, South-Asian folk music and composers such as Arvo Part, Simeon Ten Holt, Steve Reich and Charlemagne Palestine as he does from John Fahey, Robbie Basho and the early Takoma Records roster, constantly breaking boundaries in what could be conceived as a somewhat limited medium


Article: Catching Up With

Steffen Basho-Junghans: Guitar Excursions into the Unknown

Read "Steffen Basho-Junghans: Guitar Excursions into the Unknown" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

On the occasion of the release of German guitarist Steffen Basho-Junghans' album The Dancer on the Hill (Architects of Harmonic Rooms & Records, 2020) after 10 years of discographic silence, All About Jazz contacted the artist for a short interview. All About Jazz: Your new album Dancer on the Hill comes out more than ...

Article: Interview

Steffen Basho-Junghans: esplorando lo spazio sonoro della chitarra

Read "Steffen Basho-Junghans: esplorando lo spazio sonoro della chitarra" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

In occasione della pubblicazione di The Dancer on the Hill abbiamo parlato con il chitarrista tedesco Steffen Basho-Junghans. All About Jazz: Dancer on the Hill è uscito ad oltre 10 anni dal precedente, IS, pubblicato nel 2009. Qual è la ragione di questa lunghissima pausa dopo un'attività discografica molto intensa nel decennio precedente?

Article: Multiple Reviews

Ross Hammond: in solo e in duo con Vinny Golia

Read "Ross Hammond: in solo e in duo con Vinny Golia" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Dopo diversi anni di attività svolta principalmente nell'ambito del jazz e della musica improvvisata, il chitarrista Ross Hammond ha recentemente intrapreso una nuova direzione musicale abbandonando temporaneamente la chitarra elettrica in favore dello strumento acustico, in versione 12 corde o resofonica, e ha inciso una serie di album per chitarra acustica tra i più belli degli ...

Article: Album Review

Robbie Basho: The Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6&12

Read "The Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6&12" reviewed by Mario Calvitti

Al momento della sua scomparsa, avvenuta prematuramente nel febbraio 1986 a soli 45 anni, il chitarrista Robbie Basho era già quasi dimenticato. Dopo il boom della chitarra acustica cui lui stesso aveva contribuito nella seconda metà degli anni '60, la sua fama si era progressivamente oscurata, a causa di uno stile troppo avanzato per il suo ...


The Glass Bead Game

Label: Young God Records
Released: 2009
Track listing: Cross; Bled; Fix; Key; Arc.


Article: Album Review

James Blackshaw: The Glass Bead Game

Read "The Glass Bead Game" reviewed by David Rickert

Had Ira Gitler not encountered John Coltrane and heard James Blackshaw instead, he might have used his famous “sheets of sound" to describe the guitarist's music. Blackshaw uses his twelve-string guitar to create giant waves of chords that repeat motifs, creating a harmonious and meditative music that is like new age music for the intelligentsia. New ...


The Cloud Of Unknowing

Label: Tompkins Square
Released: 2007
Track listing: The Cloud Of Unknowing; Running To The Ghost; Clouds Collapse; The Mirror Speaks; Stained Glass Windows.


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Running To The Ghost

Label: Tompkins Square
Released: 2007
Duration: 06:16


Article: Album Review

James Blackshaw: The Cloud Of Unknowing

Read "The Cloud Of Unknowing" reviewed by Chris May

Music of such shimmering, unalloyed, heavenly beauty as this doesn't come along very often. Maybe once or twice a decade. Guitarist Johnny Smith's early masterpiece Moonlight In Vermont (reissued Roulette, 2004) and harmonica player Hendrik Meurkens' Amazon River (Blue Toucan, 2005) are amongst recent releases of comparable loveliness. British 12-string acoustic guitarist James Blackshaw's ...


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