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Gordon Giltrap


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3.54 | 15 ratings

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5 stars GORDON GILTRAP is probably one of more unknown and underrated artists by the prog fans community. Since 1968 in activity, counting with 12 studio albuns and only 18 ratings in totality. In counterpart RICCARDO ZAPPA ( another solo guitarist from Italy) only for his first album "Celestion" count with 19 ratings ( one more which Gordon's whole discography). This is lamentable, due to Gordon's virtuosity and his great composer quality, besides that he is always surrounded by great musicians (your latest studio album "From Brush and Stone"" from 2009 is a partnership with RICK WAKEMAN) and in "Peacock Party" Giltrap counts with the collaboration of Ian Mosley (Marillion) on drums and has as mentioned in my vinyl cover Richard Harvey (Gryphon) on recorder and krunhorn (althoughr don't appears in line-up from P A) for mention only two famous musicians The album in question is between that I have heard one of my favorites Giltrap's works.

The music mix festive moments ( as the title suggests ), in the folk/country's style as for instance the tracks - 2 "Magpie Rag" , 4 'Turkey Trot - A Country Bluff" and track 8 "Jester Jig", where Giltrap can exhibit his "arpejos arsenal" and a incredible "fingered-style" similar to Steve Howe , with very melancholic moments as in the track 6 "Black Rose - The Raven" with a orchestral strings accompaniment , tubullar bells and acoustic/electric guitar combination and track 7 " Birds of a Feather" with a remarkable brass section. I wish to make mention which in spite your virtuosity, in Giltrap's albums he gives large space to the other musician's, like in the above mentioned track 2 "Magpie Rag" - Bass, percussion , wind instruments and keyboards also leads the musical theme not like secondary instruments and in track 5 "Tailor Bird" where the guitar divide the space with a fantastic chamber music arrangement . My adivise to that P A collaborators is "Take more attention to Gilgtrap's work, like "Perilous Journey", "Visionary", "Fear of the Dark" and "Airwaves"; they are phenomenal !!! My rate is 5 stars !!!

maryes | 5/5 |


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