LAGQ's Guitar Heroes

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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet established their reputation in the classical realm, but they've never made their passion for pop a secret. In their previous Telarc recording, LAGQ Latin, for instance, they put together a heady mix that took in Bizet's Carmen as well as a hit tune by Sting. And now, on Guitar Heroes, they leave the classics completely behind. As its title suggests, this album pays tribute to the artists who inspired the foursome in their formative years, and the result, not surprisingly, spans virtually the entire pop-music spectrum, from the urbane jazziness of Django Reinhardt's "Gypsy Flower" to the bluegrass twang of Norman Blake and David ...
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Barnes & Noble - Andrew Farach-Colton
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet established their reputation in the classical realm, but they've never made their passion for pop a secret. In their previous Telarc recording, LAGQ Latin, for instance, they put together a heady mix that took in Bizet's Carmen as well as a hit tune by Sting. And now, on Guitar Heroes, they leave the classics completely behind. As its title suggests, this album pays tribute to the artists who inspired the foursome in their formative years, and the result, not surprisingly, spans virtually the entire pop-music spectrum, from the urbane jazziness of Django Reinhardt's "Gypsy Flower" to the bluegrass twang of Norman Blake and David Bromberg's "B&B," and from the edgy virtuosity of Jimi Hendrix's "Pluck, Strum, and Hammer" to the weird charm of Frank Zappa's "Let's Be Frank." What's so special about the arrangements here is that they respect the originals while maintaining a unified style. And, this being the LAGQ who put a premium on innovation, there's something new, as well: a folksy, melancholy number by quartet member Andrew York. Telarc's engineers have captured the intricate texture of the four guitars with breathtaking clarity and presence. An ear-opening program.
All Music Guide - James Leonard
A great concept and a grand conceit, the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's disc entitled Guitar Heroes is a disc of radically rearranged and reimagined adaptations, transcriptions, and extrapolations of the quartets' players own favorite guitar players. The arrangements are tremendous, the transcriptions are terrific, and the extrapolations are amazing. Who would have thought that Jimi Hendrix's manner of playing could sound so refined, or that Steve Howe's "Mood for a Day" could sound so exquisite, or that Chet Atkins' echo effects could sound so ethereal? And who would have thought that the music of Frank Zappa and Django Reinhardt could be so superbly recomposed and yet so true to the soul of the music? But the astonishing virtuosity of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's playing makes believers of everyone and the astounding reality of the sound of Telarc's recording makes everyone believe that they are sitting in the same room.
Gramophone - Donald Rosenberg
An affectionate and pithy journey through popular styles and guitar techniques, played with a keen blend of colouristic flair, expressive subtlety and whirlwind virtuosity.... Terrific artistry captured in close, vivid sound.

An affectionate and pithy journey through popular styles and guitar techniques, played with a keen blend of colouristic flair, expressive subtlety and whirlwind virtuosity.... Terrific artistry captured in close, vivid sound.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/2004
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408059827
  • Catalog Number: 80598
  • Sales rank: 17,441

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Black Icarus, for 4 guitars & percussion (after Ralph Towner's Icarus) - William Kanengiser & Andrew York (3:36)
  2. 2 B & B, for 4 guitars & double bass - Andrew York & Andrew York (4:20)
  3. 3 We Know You Know: Reverie for Mahavishnu, for 4 guitars - Brian Head & Andrew York (5:04)
  4. 4 Pluck, Strum and Hammer, for 4 guitars - Andrew York & Bryan Johanson (4:19)
  5. 5 Letter from Home - Andrew York & Pat Metheny Group (3:29)
  6. 6 Uarekena, for 4 guitars - Sergio Assad & Andrew York (8:23)
  7. 7 Aire para un Día (Mood for a Day) - Andrew York & Steve Howe (4:17)
  8. 8 Gypsy Flower, for 4 guitars - Andrew York & Matthew Dunne (6:02)
  9. 9 Pop, for 4 guitars - Andrew York & Andrew York (2:20)
  10. 10 El Baile de Luis Alonso, zarzuela - Jerónimo Giménez & Andrew York (3:25)
  11. 11 Textures: In Memory of Michael Hedges, for 4 guitars: Lament and Wake - Andrew York & Evan Hirschelman (6:14)
  12. 12 Let's Be Frank, for 4 guitars - Andrew York & Bryan Johanson (6:34)
  13. 13 Work(s): Blue Echo / Country Gentleman - Andrew York & Chet Atkins / Boudleaux Bryant (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet Primary Artist
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