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Guitar Zone
     

Guitar Zone

 
Opening with fret master Andy Summers (the Police), "Monk Hangs Ten" (from Synaesthesia), Guitar Zone sets itself out as a daring and perceptive overview of the most expansive and important work done with guitar composition. Each track is off a full-length CMP release. This is no exhibition of mere solo guitar -- each piece is

Overview

Opening with fret master Andy Summers (the Police), "Monk Hangs Ten" (from Synaesthesia), Guitar Zone sets itself out as a daring and perceptive overview of the most expansive and important work done with guitar composition. Each track is off a full-length CMP release. This is no exhibition of mere solo guitar -- each piece is equally demanding of all the instruments involved. The Summers piece relies heavily on the talents of drummer Gregg Bissonette and keyboardist Mitchel Forman. This example of contemporary progressive rock is well mated with another state of the art creation that shows off guitarist Allan Holdsworth and drummer Chad Wackerman. Not everything is over the top and born of modern studio capabilities, though -- the duo of Miroslav Tadic (guitar and classical slide guitar) and Mark Nauseef (drums and gongs) gives a sparse, skeletal piece whose serpentine undulations nicely reflect the title of its source album, The Snake Music. Inexplicably, Jack Bruce is given three tracks here. Because Bruce works with excellent personnel (Eric Clapton and the ex-Zappa Fowler Brothers horn section) his keyboard-drenched forays sound too '80s compared to the rest of the selections. Also unforgettable is the ubiquitous Bill Frisell joining Wayne Horvitz (organ) and Michael Shrieve (drums). Guitarist extraordinaire Nicky Skopelitis puts the sounds of over a half-dozen instruments into one three-minute song for a very hopeful and positive-sounding piece. David Torn makes a one-man show on "Spell Breaks with the Weather." Here "guitars and guitar-like thingies" soar magnificently above deep, deep bass sounds. Also present is Bernie Worrell (Hammond B-3) and Buckethead (guitar) on the requiem-like "The Mask." All 16 tracks push the limits of guitar possibility.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/1998
Label:
Times Square Records
UPC:
0738572990220
catalogNumber:
9902

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Shrieve   Drums
Jack Bruce   Bass,Keyboards,Vocals
Gary Moore   Guitar
Andy Summers   Guitar,Track Performer
Bernie Worrell   Hammond Organ,Track Performer
Philip Catherine   Guitar,Track Performer
Bruce Fowler   Trombone
Trilok Gurtu   Percussion,Drums,Tabla
Allan Holdsworth   Guitar
Charlie Mariano   Flute,Soprano Saxophone
Pat Metheny   Guitar
Sonny Sharrock   Electric Guitar,Track Performer
David Torn   Guitar,Vocals,Sampling,Track Performer,Loops
Gerd Dudek   Tenor Saxophone
Henry Lowther   Trumpet
Jasper van't Hof   Piano,Keyboards,Track Performer
Mark Nauseef   Drums,Gong
Chad Wackerman   Drums,Track Performer
Simon Phillips   Drums
Shawn Lane   Guitar,Vocals
Shobha Gurtu   Vocals
Harald Bernhard   Vocals
Gregg Bissonette   Drums
Jonas Bruce   Piano
Buckethead   Guitar
Eric Clapton   Guitar
Jim Cox   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Stuart Elliot   Drums
Bill Frisell   Guitar
Mitchel Forman   Keyboards
Walt Fowler   Trumpet
Mick Goodrick   Guitar,Track Performer
Daniel Goyone   Piano,Keyboards
Dick Heckstall-Smith   Saxophone
Jonas Hellborg   Bass
Wayne Horvitz   Organ
Jimmy Johnson   Bass
John Mumford   Trombone
Nicky Skopelitis   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Saz,Electric Guitar,Baglama,Taragat,Track Performer,Coral Sitar
Miroslav Tadic   Guitar,Slide Guitar
Clem Clempson   Guitar
Jimi Sumén   Electric Guitar,Track Performer
Victory of the Better Man   Track Performer
Martin Fredebeul   Piano,Soprano Saxophone
Jerry Watts   Bass
Marc Bertaux   Bass
Marc Lehan   Drums
U.K. Rattay   Guitar
Philip Mariano   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Producer
William Bell   Composer
Jack Bruce   Producer
Andy Summers   Producer
Bernie Worrell   Producer
Trilok Gurtu   Producer
Bill Laswell   Producer
David Torn   Producer,Engineer
Edward Vesala   Producer
Mark Nauseef   Producer
Chad Wackerman   Producer
Cedric Beatty   Engineer
Bruce Calder   Engineer
Oz Fritz   Engineer
Don Gilmore   Engineer
David Hentschel   Producer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Henrik Lund   Engineer
Robert Musso   Engineer
Walter Quintus   Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Kurt Renker   Producer
Nicky Skopelitis   Producer
Miroslav Tadic   Producer
Jimi Sumén   Engineer
David Colvin   Engineer
Paul Williams Burch   Composer

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