Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Andy Summers, Victor Valls, Al Di Meola|
Nylon & Steel
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Soundtracks, Classical
Classical guitar lovers looking for a jazzier change of pace shouldn't be disappointed by Nylon & Steel, Manuel Barrueco's album of duets with Al Di Meola, Steve Morse, and Andy Summers. But ironically enough, it's the two... more »
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Classical guitar lovers looking for a jazzier change of pace shouldn't be disappointed by Nylon & Steel, Manuel Barrueco's album of duets with Al Di Meola, Steve Morse, and Andy Summers. But ironically enough, it's the two solo tunes that bookend this disc, Barrueco's "Odeon" and his solo guitar arrangement of Aaron Copland's "Rodeo," that are the real highlights. His three cuts with Di Meola are a mixed affair, but the interplay between the duo seems to gel on the longer "Azzurra." Steve Morse's electric guitar is loaded with Bill Frisell-like effects, but on "Wolvesville," he and Barrueco create an inspired and unleashed fusion between rock and classical music (the inspiration for the piece is a Villa-Lobos étude). Three mellow collaborations with Summers round out this set of intriguing guitar instrumentals. --Jason Verlinde
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Not a Disappointment
J. Kauffman | 06/21/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is not disappointing. As a fan mostly of Summers and DiMeola, I can say that they perform up to their standards. I particulary enjoy tracks 4, 9, and 10. The moods conveyed in the collection of songs are everything from somber to joyful. Try and listen to the notes and the timing--not to how fast one can play. There is a huge difference..."
Sharon A. Green | Columbus, IN USA | 06/02/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"It is simply not up to par.Having Al DiMeola as a guest artist artist on this recording made me want to listen.The music is too mono-tone. No flare to this one.No excitement."
Very good CD
J. Kauffman | 07/26/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this CD 3 weeks ago and I would say it's a highly recommended title, but not 5 stars. I believe there is a weakness in this CD and it resides in Barrueco's duet with Al DiMeola. First of all, let me explain that Al DiMeola is one of my favorite guitarrists and Barrueco is a first class classical player. The problem is that they decided to perform songs that were already recorded by Al, De Lucia and McLaughlin in their famous Guitar Trio CD. Those three guys have a kind of interaction and synesthesia that I cannot see by listening to Al and Barrueco playing together. It's an unfair comparison, I'd say. There are lots of "gaps" in "Beyond the Mirage" and in "Azzurra", for instance, Al plays a nylon guitar, so that we miss the "steel" on that track. If I were the producer, I would certainly advise them to pick up other songs and perform something original, created specially for the disc, having Barrueco's idea in mind (Nylon and Steel). My overall impression is positive, though, and Villa-Lobos' Étude No 1 is probably the most interesting track. The duets with Steve Morse and Andy Summers are very sound as well as Barrueco's solo arrangements for Odeon and Rodeo."