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Steve Tibbetts


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.68 | 12 ratings

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4 stars Before anything else, this is music related to Prog. Unwise to think otherwise!

Neither the tagging, this is not close to Rock nor Jazz. Maybe the unexistent "Progressive/World/Ambient" music tagging will suit it better. On the other hand as soon as there is a TABLA among your instruments, you will be pushed to the other exotic "Indo Prog Raga/Rock" sub-genre, which this work is neither. The never ending problems of "tagging".

Anyway, if permitted to avoid them, this Steve Tibbets "Big Map Idea", is close in spirit to another "world-music" artist, Michael Hedges also a guitarist (who departed to other realms, tragically in 1997). Therefore, if you are more or less aquainted with Hedges' works, this works is in the same creative vein.

If not, let's compare this music to an "imaginary" character, like a less flash, far more creative, less "religious", nature-loving John McLaughlin, breeded with Jimmy Page's "raw" to the bone mysticism and acoustic guitar "unpolished" feeling. (Mr. Page comes to mind due to the magnifIcent "cover" of "Black Mountain Side", track 1).

Slow paced, perfectly rich in ideas, without any kind of "fireworks". And as mentioned, this is music by its own, related to prog. Not the other way around!

Climb the ladder...!

****4 perfect PA stars, no less!

admireArt | 4/5 |


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