Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, New Age, Pop
Canadian guitarist Don Ross is a multitechnique fingerpicker who sits comfortably in the company of Preston Reed and Leo Kottke. Rerecording compositions from earlier, Canadian-only releases, Huron Street's melodies arr... more »
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Canadian guitarist Don Ross is a multitechnique fingerpicker who sits comfortably in the company of Preston Reed and Leo Kottke. Rerecording compositions from earlier, Canadian-only releases, Huron Street's melodies arrive out of a confluence of folk, country, and a dollop of classical sensibilities that keep things from getting rustic. Alternating down-home grooves with plaintive ballads, he writes complex tunes that roam like a Jack Kerouac novel. Although he fingerpicks, and has the whole two-handed tapping technique down, Ross's approach is more rhythmic than most, with lots of chordal strumming used to effect dynamics. It gives him a hard-edged, linear sound that often seems more plectrum driven. That tack wears thin over the course of the album, as he reverts to strumming to keep the rhythm going instead of letting his melodies flow outwards. The string bass on a couple of tunes definitely helps and is the kind of lift Ross needs to separate himself from the acoustic guitar glut. --John Diliberto
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Great cd, ignore the 2 star reviewers
Diogenes DogSnack | Redwood City, CA | 06/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First of all I can't believe anyone could give this cd 2 or 3 stars. This is first rate material. The comparisons to Hedges are apt, how could that be a bad thing? Ross is a technical wizard and few indeed can play at his level of ability. Far from just playing the guitar, the compositions are bright,memorable, and energizing. I waited too long to buy this cd. Hope to hear Don play one day, but he seems to be playing almost exclusively in Canada."
You better learn the flute..
derek | usa | 07/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've made a point of finding where the guitar standard is today and with guys like Don Ross, Tommy Emmanuel and Stanley Jordan you better have some good lyrics or get a genetic enhancement because your not going out shine anyone on guitar."