The Raven

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All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
There's something intimate about putting two virtuosos together in the studio and allowing their musical geniuses to intertwine. The interplay and chemistry between the two players ultimately has more to do with the success of the project than one player's ability to deliver a hot solo. The Raven features the talents of guitarist Dean Magraw and multi-instrumentalist John Williams on an expansive set that covers both Celtic dance reels and folk-classical. Magraw's guitar supplies a steady thread from "Twin's Dance Party" to the title cut, while Williams' ability to switch from button accordion to flute to piano provides the duo with a great deal of versatility. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ronnie D. Lankford
There's something intimate about putting two virtuosos together in the studio and allowing their musical geniuses to intertwine. The interplay and chemistry between the two players ultimately has more to do with the success of the project than one player's ability to deliver a hot solo. The Raven features the talents of guitarist Dean Magraw and multi-instrumentalist John Williams on an expansive set that covers both Celtic dance reels and folk-classical. Magraw's guitar supplies a steady thread from "Twin's Dance Party" to the title cut, while Williams' ability to switch from button accordion to flute to piano provides the duo with a great deal of versatility. The opener, "Twin's Dance Party/Sylvia's & Mikey's Reels," bounces along to the tune of a rhythmic guitar and lively accordion, while "Perdition Piano Duet" glides along to the intricate intermingling of guitar and piano. The combination of traditional pieces and original compositions, along with fresh arrangements, is a good mix. That some venders may file The Raven under easy listening is a misnomer. The album is quite mellow in places, but it never tempts one to meditate or go to sleep. Williams and Magraw have forged a fruitful partnership on The Raven, and the results are quite enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Compass Records
  • UPC: 766397442327
  • Catalog Number: 4423
  • Sales rank: 199,329

Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Williams [guitar] Primary Artist
Dean Magraw Acoustic Guitar
John Williams & the Tick Tocks Flute, Piano, Concertina, Low Whistle, Button Accordion
Technical Credits
John Williams [guitar] Composer
Frankie Gavin Composer
Michel Bordeleau Composer
David Glasser Mastering
Dean Magraw Arranger, Composer, Producer
Doug Wilson Cover Image
Craig Williams Engineer
Garry West Executive Producer
Christian Lemaitre Composer
Chris Frymire Engineer
Traditional Composer
John Williams & the Tick Tocks Arranger, Producer
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