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Charlie Rauh: Viriditas

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New York City-based composer/guitarist Charlie Rauh has a special take on his music, focused on the avant-garde side of jazz. His sound is laced with intriguing melodies and dynamic rhythms, inspired by genres as diverse as experimental and free improvisation, to mention a few. This eclectic and diverse creative approach that Rauh is able to introduce into his sound fuels the imagination, and it definitely sets the bar higher. His latest album Viriditas is a unique combination of gripping sonic structures and intriguing atmospherics. In addition to his musical influences, Rauh pays homage to people and places that left significant marks on his life, giving the record the feel of a cinematic soundtrack.

The title cut is a fine example of Rauh's flair for visionary playing, and it definitely stands out as a powerful testament to his integrity and distinct, uncompromising vision. The song has a warm and organic sound, which really allows the natural dynamics of the performance to shine. This is exactly the kind of music that demands a little more from the listener, but also gives back a memorable, thought-provoking experience. This record is all about the artistic possibilities of the guitar on an emotional and intellectual level. It deserves to be enjoyed with no distractions; simply hit the play button, sit back, and let the sounds flow out of the speakers.

Track Listing: Viriditas; Augustine; Living Light; Wind in the East; Lullaby for Djupavik; Breathing Pleasure (For Connie Crothers); Lullaby for Blassac; Arolen.

Personnel: Charlie Rauh: guitar.

Title: Viriditas | Year Released: 2018 | Record Label: Destiny Records

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