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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Classical, Christian
 
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The term crossover can mean many things, and, as Sony Classical has proved time and again, attempts to package classical artists as sophisticated dabblers in world music can be as embarrassing as it is, on rare occasions, ...  more »

      
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The term crossover can mean many things, and, as Sony Classical has proved time and again, attempts to package classical artists as sophisticated dabblers in world music can be as embarrassing as it is, on rare occasions, stunning. On the cover of this, their Sony Classical debut recording, we have four essentially classically-trained guitarists slouching like members of a rock group. The 60-minute disc careers through music inspired by Africa, Brazil, the Balkans, Chile and Japan, with stops in reggae, jazz, and New Music along the way. Despite the obvious talent and technical skill of the L.A.G.Q.'s members, this listener found little to enjoy in this particularly watered-down and superficial-sounding repertoire. --Gwendolyn Freed

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CD Reviews

LAGQ Offers Free World Travel With This Album
Adam Shandler (shandler.dhrdc@att.n | Washington, DC | 11/17/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)

"If you're just looking for guitar music; perhaps a performer sitting in a folding chair in a dark theater strumming away, then don't buy this album. But if you're the kind of guitar advocate who wants to finish listening to a CD and say "I'm full," then give your ears (and soul) a treat with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's L.A.G.Q. The album jetsets the listener around the world beginning with two very clever African tunes and then hastens for Japanese, Brazilian, Italian and Eastern European shores. And there are no egos on this album. Each of the group's members rotate in showcasing their adept at the instrument. What makes the album even more enjoyable though, is its open-door policy with guest musicians: virtuosos at their respective crafts. With these guests, LAGQ achieves its goal, painting the musical landscape of each geographic destination."
An apparently underscored album
Spencer Stejskal | 12/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If one truly loves the versatility and beauty of the guitar than this album, and the entire repetior of the LAGQ, is an invaluable asset. They yet again astounded me with their fearless headfirst dive into uncharted territory with dazzling effects. I thoroughly enjoyed this CD and seriously question the reliability of any reviewer who considers this album "watered down.""