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Robert Fripp


Eclectic Prog

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4 stars In a not so Faraway place, known to us commoners as "classical music", there came upon the world a musical movement known as minimalism. This "style" diverted in all sorts of directions. Minimalism works both, with fast-diminute structures to create a "whole" (like baroque music), or the slow-passage of a complete structure as a "whole composition" like Lou Reedīs "Metal Machine Music" to set a Rock-related known example, but of course Phillip Glass is a better one .

"The Bridge Between" plays mostly with the first mentioned pace, diminute guitar patterns counterpointed by a second and a third and a fourth (sometimes wide; sometimes thin electric guitar "frippertonics"/"soundscapes"; and everything wrapped within a 5th element, which constructs an environmental backdrop for the rest to play inside..( Trey Gunn and Fripp will switch places in this task.).

The first 3 elements are the quiet overlooked and talented "California Guitar Trio" which is a working guitar trio but not from California- The combination plays perfectly to match. (A string quintet with the understanding that " the strings" used are a wide variety of acoustic/electric-guitars.)

Therefore, we have 5 talented and inventive guitar player performings simmultaneously in 6 original compositions and 4 borrowed ones (JS Bach,A. Dehonestis, J.P. Sinks, and C Golden) The fantastic all guitar environment; may draw you back to Steve Reichīs guitar counterpoints; but this is a whole different approach. For starters the musical language is not like Reichīs, except for the counterpointing).

The pieces are agressive and experimental but they all (except the last) have the "friendly" California Guitar Trio touch. The intelligent and captivating songs measure up to high standards and are non-repetitive, to avoid this they re-fresh the focus, with 3 different mooded pieces. The beautiful ethereal "Blue" piece is one , other the Trey Gunn showcase composition "Contrapunctus" and the third the long "frippertronic" piece that closes down the project.

****4 "excellent /original, classical like mimimalism, and all Prog-oriented guitar compositions and performances" PA stars.

admireArt | 4/5 |


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