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Genres: Special Interest, New Age
Acoustic guitarist Ken Bonfield's third recording is a subdued, reflective affair conceived with cold nights and fireplaces in mind. The album's 13 tracks (though only 12 are mentioned in the liner notes) are mostly unacco... more »
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Acoustic guitarist Ken Bonfield's third recording is a subdued, reflective affair conceived with cold nights and fireplaces in mind. The album's 13 tracks (though only 12 are mentioned in the liner notes) are mostly unaccompanied pieces performed on classical guitar that exude the requisite warmth and pensive resonance appropriate for the season. Three selections, in slightly reworked fashion, are borrowed from his previous albums: "The Passing" and "Wiseman's View" from Homecoming, and "Farewell" from Mystic Morning. Four others are gently realized holiday warhorses, from "Greensleeves" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" to "Silent Night" and the unacknowledged album-closer, "Auld Lang Syne." The rest reflect Bonfield's low-key comfort zone of quiet introspection and uncomplicated melodies. Anyone seeking awe-inspiring technique should look elsewhere, yet Bonfield succeeds in offering a pleasant audio diversion nicely suited for chilly holiday-season evenings. --Terry Wood
Enchanting winter music for the holidays!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a follow-up to his Spring release, "Homecoming," Bonfield again draws upon his talented friends, Michael Mannring, Grant Geismann and Jerry Goodman, surrounding himself and his tunes with a most capable crew. Warm and charming at times, haunting and enchanting at others, Bonfield's collection of both original music and tried and true winter classics is a pleasure to listen to. Never over-done, Bonfield and his collaborators lend tastey, engaging arrangements to his melodies. This is one holiday album that I can listen to daily without tiring of it. With two great albums under his belt this year, and his budding collaboration with some of the best players in the business, I can't wait to see what Bonfield comes up with next."