Naked Guitar

Naked Guitar

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by Earl Klugh
     
 
Back in the '70s, when Earl Klugh was launching his career with easy grooving, melodic solo albums like Finger Painting and his Grammy winning One on One collaboration with Bob James, he probably had no idea he was helping lay the foundations for the later smooth jazz phenomenon. Throughout the

Overview

Back in the '70s, when Earl Klugh was launching his career with easy grooving, melodic solo albums like Finger Painting and his Grammy winning One on One collaboration with Bob James, he probably had no idea he was helping lay the foundations for the later smooth jazz phenomenon. Throughout the '80s and '90s, tracks by the 13-time Grammy nominated Detroit-born composer and acoustic guitarist became staples of that format -- but he took a sudden leave of absence after his single Windham Hill Jazz date, Peculiar Situation, in 1999. Emerging in sweetly eloquent style from a six-year studio hiatus, he gets back to his warm-toned basics on his Koch Records debut -- which will easily remind longtime fans of his one previous stripped down, standards-heavy gem, 1989's Solo Guitar. Another masterpiece of fingerstyle jazz guitar, the new collection features intimate solo interpretations of 13 standards and pop classics, as well as "Angelina," a beloved tune from Klugh's self-titled 1976 solo debut that he wrote in 1971 -- a fitting closing track that in many ways brings his career full circle. Although fans of his more pop-oriented material may grow impatient, Klugh explores a deeper artistry putting his indelible stamp on well-known tunes ("The Summer Knows," "Ding Dong the Witch Is Dead," "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Moon River") as well as slightly more obscure pieces. He also puts a uniquely Latin twist on a lesser-known song by film composer John Williams, "In the Moonlight." Overall, this is a welcome return from a true master of his instrument.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/09/2005
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923994923
catalogNumber:
9949
Rank:
26248

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Earl Klugh   Primary Artist,Guitar
Manuel Velazquez   Guitar

Technical Credits

Leroy Anderson   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Earl Klugh   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Michel Legrand   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Anthony Newley   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
George Forrest   Composer
Jerry Brainin   Composer
Nicholas Brodszky   Composer
Jay Fletcher   Art Conception
Bert Elliot   Engineer
Buddy Bernier   Composer
Robert Wright   Composer

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Naked Guitar 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ghostriderRH More than 1 year ago
This is my first purchase of a recording by Earl Klugh, but I hear him all of the time on a jazz station that I listen to. I listened to cuts from this recording on the air and decided to buy it. It did not disappoint.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago