A Whisper in the Thunder

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Instrumental rock has come in many different forms over the years, and they range from surf rock to the folk-rock fingerpickers Leo Kottke, John Fahey and Peter Lang, for example to metallic hard rock shredders like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani the virtuosos who offer some idea of what Eddie Van Halen might have sounded like as a full-time instrumentalist. But Tom Griesgraber is a rock instrumentalist who doesn't fit into any of those categories. A Whisper in the Thunder is probably best described as instrumental progressive rock; there are parallels between Griesgraber's evocative, atmospheric, reflective material and artists like Pink Floyd and Genesis, although the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Instrumental rock has come in many different forms over the years, and they range from surf rock to the folk-rock fingerpickers Leo Kottke, John Fahey and Peter Lang, for example to metallic hard rock shredders like Steve Vai and Joe Satriani the virtuosos who offer some idea of what Eddie Van Halen might have sounded like as a full-time instrumentalist. But Tom Griesgraber is a rock instrumentalist who doesn't fit into any of those categories. A Whisper in the Thunder is probably best described as instrumental progressive rock; there are parallels between Griesgraber's evocative, atmospheric, reflective material and artists like Pink Floyd and Genesis, although the latter two are known for being vocal-oriented. Griesgraber, however, is far from a clone of Pink Floyd, Genesis or anyone else in prog rock. He has an appealing vision of his own, and this thoughtful effort finds the guitarist/bassist bringing elements of jazz, ambient electronica, new age the meatier, more substantial new age and world music to his rock foundation. One sometimes hears traces of guitarist Pat Metheny in Griesgraber's playing, but while Metheny is essentially a jazz musician with rock influences, Griesgraber is more rock than anything. And it should be noted that Griesgraber's main instrument on A Whisper in the Thunder isn't a conventional guitar or bass but rather, the Chapman Stick -- a 12-string instrument that could be considered a combination of an electric guitar and an electric bass. This 2004 release is slightly uneven -- some of the tracks are stronger than others -- but overall, A Whisper in the Thunder is an enjoyable, well-crafted demonstration of Griesgraber's talents as a composer, producer and soloist.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/5/2004
  • Label: Oe-3 Cubed
  • UPC: 600028810126
  • Catalog Number: 8101
  • Sales rank: 349,144

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ahab (4:42)
  2. 2 El Prado (5:42)
  3. 3 77 Times (5:41)
  4. 4 Jungle, Pt. 1 (5:09)
  5. 5 Jungle, Pt. 2 (6:16)
  6. 6 The Frozen Ocean (4:22)
  7. 7 Victor's Chase (9:15)
  8. 8 A Tiny Whispering Sound (2:31)
  9. 9 Waking the Day (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tom Griesgraber Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Stick, Vocals, Loops, Chapman Stick
Jerry Marotta Drums, Ocarina, Djembe, Shaker, Taos Drum
Pat Mastelotto Dumbek, Bongos, Cymbals, Drums, Timbales, Hand Clapping, talking drum, Drum Loop, Bowed Cymbals, Trash Cans, Treated Piano
Don Schiff Stick
Paul Richards Acoustic Guitar
Bill Munyon Drum Loop
Bert Lams Acoustic Guitar
Hideyo Moriya Acoustic Guitar
Mehmet Akatay Dumbek
Technical Credits
Howard Givens Engineer, Mastering
Jon Jenkins Engineer
Greg Klamt Artwork
Bill Munyon Engineer
Mehmet Akatay Loop
Pete Caigan Engineer
Tom Griesgraber Composer, Engineer, Mastering
Cenk Eroglu Engineer
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