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Whisper in the Thunder
Tom Griesgraber
Whisper in the Thunder
Genres: Jazz, Pop
 
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"A Whisper in the Thunder" exemplifies Tom Griesgraber?s intuitive and forward thinking approach to creating music. The album?s soulful exploration of sound features the Chapman StickŪ, a unique stringed instrument played ...  more »

     
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All Artists: Tom Griesgraber
Title: Whisper in the Thunder
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Label: O3E/Spotted Peccary
Release Date: 10/5/2004
Genres: Jazz, Pop
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 600028810126

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"A Whisper in the Thunder" exemplifies Tom Griesgraber?s intuitive and forward thinking approach to creating music. The album?s soulful exploration of sound features the Chapman Stick®, a unique stringed instrument played with both hands as equal partners on the fretboard. Each hand can play independent lines, or the two hands can work in concert to form interlaced arrangements. With its unusual instrumentation and sophisticated compositions, this music is artful yet accessible, complex and impressive, inspirational and melodic, further solidifying Tom?s commitment to thoughtful composition and creative performance. Seeking out richly powerful supporting collaborations, Griesgraber enlisted some of the most respected instrumentalists in the world to join the project, including drummers Jerry Marotta (Peter Gabriel, Indigo Girls) and Pat Mastelotto (King Crimson) and The California Guitar Trio. The result is profound.

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Completely unique!
Music Lover | Santa Fe | 11/05/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'd never heard of the Chapman Stick before I saw Tom Greisgraber play it in concert recently. What I heard was so amazing, I have to wonder - why isn't he famous?!? This is an awesome instrument, played by an awesome musician. And this album is - you guessed it - AWESOME!!!"
Tom Griesgraber OWNS
Brad | New Hampshire | 08/10/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This guy owns stick playing. I have been familiar with the stick/warr guitar for a while having heard lots of Tony Levin and Trey Gunn. This is no bulk stick playing, though...you know, the kind of album you get suckered into buying when you first hear the stick only to find out there are only two real songs and the rest of the album sounds like some dude practicing or something. I'm really glad(and lucky, since I'm on the east coast) to have caught him live. He and Marotta play tight. The songs are all well composed with a variety of textures and feels. In some areas, it sounds almost as if he's soloing while still sustaining a nice rhythmic foundation underneath. Then there are a few tracks that have flat out incredible grooves with little nuances tucked into every corner(the first track "Ahab" comes to mind).
This isnt a tony levin/trey gunn clone by any means. Tom G. adds his own dimension of playing, the way Levin and Gunn both have their own corners in the touch instrument universe.
I went to see Tom Griesgraber live in Massachusetts with CGT+Tony Levin. I think most people went to see Tony and the CGT but Tom G. is what everyone went away talking about. I had a slight problem when ordering his bands cd from his website and when I contacted the company, Tom himself responded and got everything corrected right away. This guy gets serious street cred and really deserves to be heard.
This guy can only go up, he just needs the exposure. There is no reason he can't be as big as Tony....he's definitely got the skills and a professional attitude, and this being only his first solo album, it's scary to thinkl of what's in store when he settles into a groove."
Rapturous, swirling collages of gorgeous sound
Denise Van Slyke | San Diego, CA United States | 06/20/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Stick in Tom's hands is a doorway to pure aural bliss.

Layer upon layer of carefully constructed sound folds around itself, creating a tapestry that is by turns euphoric, invigorating, meditative, hypnotic, and always moving. The moods and melodies hint at jazz, "new age," and world music, yet resist easy taxonomy.

I own all of Tom's CDs; this is my current favorite, although I expect he'll eclipse it one day as he continues to explore the full potential of the Stick."