Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock
A real eye-opener of an album, Nobody's Home showcases a relatively unheralded Boston guitarist regular. Few non-jazz instrumental albums are able to hold listener attention for long, but this one does so by demonstrating ... more »
A real eye-opener of an album, Nobody's Home showcases a relatively unheralded Boston guitarist regular. Few non-jazz instrumental albums are able to hold listener attention for long, but this one does so by demonstrating impressive economy and versatility. Duke Levine and his sidemen explore a wide range of styles--from country to blues. And they do it by showing a little flash when the time is right, and pulling back when restraint is required. Half the tracks are solid Levine originals. The tasty covers include a slide- heavy version of Woody Guthrie's "Vigilante Man." A good many pickers could learn something from this collection. --Steve Stolder
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Nobody's Home: A Diverse And Musical Guitar Showcase
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For starters, let me just say that I'm really turned off by most so-called "guitar virtuoso's" because they usually lack the musical talent and inspiration needed to make their music(?) rise above repetitive riffs and showiness. Duke Levine, on the other hand, plays guitar in a fresh, heart-felt, deeply musical, harmonically inventive and melodically rich way that compliments whatever the song calls for. There's always a feeling of soulful integrity, stylistic authenticity and inspiration to his playing, whether it's on the full tilt barnyard tussle "Shacklehands", the bumping down the road beat of "When I Go Walkin'", the Hawaiian slide lament "King Kamehameha Blues" or the sinuous country bop twistings of "Swamp Thing". You've probably heard many of these sounds somewhere before, but never put together as well as this. Duke's songwriting is as melodic, interesting and well-conceived as his guitar playing ...and that says a lot. This album demonstrates how the guitar should be played. It's real, multi-dimensional music, not just a bunch of uninspired chordal formulas serving as vehicles for hot licks. Unfortunately, the brief sound samples here can't do the songs justice. Get the album, it's worth it."