Air and Ground

Air and Ground

by Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
     
 

The guitar sits happily astride various musical worlds -- a quality that's taken full advantage of by the members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on AIR AND GROUND, their second Sony album. The opening track, "Lotus Eaters" by LAGQ member Andrew York, is a bouncy reggae tune that soundsSee more details below

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The guitar sits happily astride various musical worlds -- a quality that's taken full advantage of by the members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on AIR AND GROUND, their second Sony album. The opening track, "Lotus Eaters" by LAGQ member Andrew York, is a bouncy reggae tune that sounds remarkably elegant dressed up for four guitars. "Cumba-Quín" by Carlos Rafael Rivera has the intricate rhythmic energy of Afro-Cuban music, complete with percussive drumming and tapping. On "Celtic Fare," guitarist-composer Scott Tennant pays tribute to his Scottish heritage, as well as his interest in yoga. Tennant also arranged California composer Morten Lauridsen's delicately tender choral song "Dirait-on" for the ensemble. Paulo Bellinati's "Baião de Gude" evokes the brisk, breezy rhythms of Brazilian popular music, while Benjamin Verdery brings things closer to home in "Ellis Island," combining classical Western harmonies with a classical Indian rhythmic structure. Taken as a whole, AIR AND GROUND is a warm and flavorful musical melting pot.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
When one thinks of groups comprised of four guitarists, it is of competitive situations where electric guitarists attempt to top each other with speed and volume. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet is quite different for this band, comprised of four lesser-known but talented players, features acoustic guitarists who interact closely with each other and often seem to think as one. The music on their set is comprised of recent originals by group members and friends that is tightly arranged while leaving some room for improvisations. The results often hint strongly at bluegrass, Irish and Scottish music (cuts four through six are subtitled "Celtic Fare"), Latin folk songs, new age, classical, and even jazz while being quite original. This recording grows in interest with each listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/14/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998910027
catalogNumber:
89100

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet   Primary Artist,Ensemble
Andrew York   Guitar
William Kanengiser   Guitar
John Dearman   Guitar
Scott Tennant   Guitar

Technical Credits

Andrew York   Composer
Benjamin Verdery   Composer
Sergio Assad   Composer
Paulo Bellinati   Composer
Simon Jeffes   Composer
William Kanengiser   Composer
Miroslav Tadic   Composer
Ellen Fitton   Engineer
Scott Tennant   Composer,Liner Notes
Giulio Turturro   Art Direction
Morten Lauridsen   Composer
Grace Kristopher Row   Producer

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