Guitara: Gender Bending Strings

Guitara: Gender Bending Strings

     
 

Men have long made a big deal out of their prowess as guitarists, choosing modest group names like the Great Guitars and picking low-key album titles like The Poll Winners and The Incredible Guitar of .... It's perhaps not surprising, then, that women guitarists have traditionally steered clear of all of this testosterone.See more details below

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Men have long made a big deal out of their prowess as guitarists, choosing modest group names like the Great Guitars and picking low-key album titles like The Poll Winners and The Incredible Guitar of .... It's perhaps not surprising, then, that women guitarists have traditionally steered clear of all of this testosterone. But the state of things, as Vanguard's La Guitara: Gender Bending Strings reveals, ain't what it used to be. In folk, jazz, world, and blues guitar, women have proliferated and held their own in a growing, eclectic field. Badi Assad creates a rich mix on "Preludio e Toccatina" by combing classical and flamenco traditions; "Mimi Fox," on the other hand, follows in the jazz tradition of players like Joe Pass on "Lady Byrd." Patty Larkin (who also helped produce the project and better known as a singer/songwriter), unleashes a haunting, lovely piece titled "Bound Brook," while Wu Man's Eastern-flavored "Invocation" is quietly meditative. There are funky pieces -- Kaki King's "Kewpie Station" -- new age -- Vicki Genfan's "Joy" -- and blues -- Rory Block's "Guitar Ditty 1." Many of these compositions are performed acoustic solo without vocals, while a few receive fuller arrangements and one includes a form of vocalese. Although varied, the vitality of La Guitara gives it unity. The only real disharmony comes with the inclusion of much older pieces by Elizabeth Cotten and Memphis Minnie. While these pieces are great by themselves, and the women are undoubtedly predecessors to today's female guitarists, they appear jarring in this context. There's also the rather bizarre inclusion of Jennifer Batten's electric assault on "Wammy Damage," which -- on this album -- is the equivalent to inviting Eddie Van Halen to the Newport Folk Festival. These are small mars, however, on a beautifully conceived and executed collection. La Guitara represents the healthy state of female guitar players today, and guarantees an even healthier one in the future.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2005
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707979627
catalogNumber:
79796

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Memphis Minnie   Guitar
Wu Man   Pipa
Ross Murray   Drums
Abel Domingues   Sampling,E-bow
Tom McKay   Bass

Technical Credits

Rory Block   Composer,Producer
Elizabeth Cotten   Composer
Patty Larkin   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Ellen McIlwaine   Composer
Jennifer Batten   Composer
David Chesky   Producer
Tadd Dameron   Composer
Michael Sembello   Producer
Del Rey   Contribution
Mimi Fox   Producer
Ian Tamblyn   Producer
Isaac Albéniz   Composer
Muriel Anderson   Arranger,Producer
Sergio Assad   Composer
Ted Jensen   Mastering
Wu Man   Composer,Producer
Steve Sacks   Producer
Bette Warner   Producer,Liner Notes
Ross Murray   Loop
Steve Barnett   Producer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Abel Domingues   Composer,Producer,Audio Manipulation
Vicki Genfan   Composer,Producer
Richard Skelly   Contribution
Minnie McCoy   Composer
Barry Lee Pearson   Contribution
Jason Ankeny   Contribution
Petra Hanisch   Producer
Tay Hoyle   Producer
Brian Dozoretz   Engineer
Kristen Smith   Digital Editing
Ian Melrose   Producer
Kaki King   Composer,Producer
Chris Nickson   Contribution
Alex Houghton   Composer

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