Guitar Player

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
With the death of John Fahey, Brooks Williams was well situated to take the mercurial maestro's place as the most idiosyncratic acoustic guitarist around. 2005's Guitar Player, however, is the first album on which Williams truly lets all of his influences and musical interests find free expression. Williams' first entirely instrumental album, Guitar Player is 16 tracks long, evenly split between originals and covers. It's not just the variety of sources tapped for these covers -- from Johann Sebastian Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" to Luiz Bonfá's "Gentle Rain," through a version of the Broadway standard "Some Other Time" that seems to take its cues from Bill Evans'...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
With the death of John Fahey, Brooks Williams was well situated to take the mercurial maestro's place as the most idiosyncratic acoustic guitarist around. 2005's Guitar Player, however, is the first album on which Williams truly lets all of his influences and musical interests find free expression. Williams' first entirely instrumental album, Guitar Player is 16 tracks long, evenly split between originals and covers. It's not just the variety of sources tapped for these covers -- from Johann Sebastian Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" to Luiz Bonfá's "Gentle Rain," through a version of the Broadway standard "Some Other Time" that seems to take its cues from Bill Evans' contemplative take on the tune -- it's the way that Williams brings elements of classical music, bossa nova, the Great American Songbook, and modern jazz to his folk-based musical style no matter what he's playing. Though his style isn't as personal and inimitable as Fahey's, a tall order for any instrumentalist, Brooks Williams is well on his way to creating a similarly impressive body of work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • Label: Solid Air
  • UPC: 614145204928
  • Catalog Number: 2049
  • Sales rank: 304,253

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bakerloo - Brook Williams (2:25)
  2. 2 Gentle Rain - Brook Williams (1:54)
  3. 3 Working Dog - Brook Williams (2:22)
  4. 4 The Bright Field - Brook Williams (2:45)
  5. 5 Jaguar - Brook Williams (3:05)
  6. 6 Happy Chappy - Brook Williams (2:31)
  7. 7 Some Other Time - Brook Williams (4:18)
  8. 8 The Drowsy Bee - Brook Williams (2:51)
  9. 9 Triangular Situations (Situações Triangulares) - Brook Williams (2:44)
  10. 10 All That Is Gold - Brook Williams (4:08)
  11. 11 Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Brook Williams (4:10)
  12. 12 Aguinaldo Jibara - Brook Williams (2:38)
  13. 13 Far Away - Brook Williams (2:47)
  14. 14 In Christ There Is No East or West - Brook Williams (2:32)
  15. 15 South Hill - Brook Williams (2:56)
  16. 16 I Bid You Goodnight - Brook Williams (1:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brooks Williams Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Luiz Bonfá Composer
Johann Sebastian Bach Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Gerry Putnam Engineer
Vasco Martins Composer
Traditional Composer
Brook Williams Arranger, Composer, Producer
James Jensen Liner Notes, Executive Producer
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