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Editorial Reviews


"...Reed's pieces are as visually and emotionally provocative as his technique is dazzling." -- Hilarie Grey, Jazz Times

"...a revolutionary guitarist who plays his instrument like a drum kit as much as a guitar." -- Guitar World Magazine

"A living guitar legend in his own right"(Minor 7th, (U.S.) November 2000) -- Minor 7th, (U.S.) November 2000

"Handwritten Notes should be a bible for anyone looking at the extended possibilities of the acoustic guitar" -- Billboard, Critics Choice, (U.S.) October 2000

"I listen to Preston Reed and my mouth just drops open. Not only does he play well, but he also has tremendous soul, tremendous emotion in his music." -- Artie Traum's Wood & Steel

"Preston Reed is a consummate performer whose live showcases have consistently wowed both music lovers and professional musicians alike" -- MTV (Asia), October 2000

"Reed's propulsive one-man grooves echo Soundgarden and Joni Mitchell". -- James Rotundi, Guitar Player

"Seeing Preston Reed for the first time is a jaw-dropping experience..." -- Acoustic Guitar Magazine

If you get one acoustic guitar album this year, Handwritten Notes is the one" -- Echoes, (U.S.) November 2000

From the Artist

The overwhelming response from audiences over the past several years to my jazz ballad "First Summer Without You" mandated that I place much more emphasis on melodic,emotional compositions. As a result, I have included six such pieces on this recording.

I wanted the sound on this record had to be the best of any of my recordings. I challenged Paul Baron and Bobby Schnitzer at the beginning of the project to "beat" the sound of any acoustic guitar records they knew make my guitar "huge", but at the same time intimate and lyrical. I believe we surpassed our goal. The sound and sense of space on this CD is tremendous. Bobby said at one point during a mix playback, "It's like you're playing a twelve foot guitar."

Last but not least, I wanted "Handwritten Notes" to be a musically and compositionally challenging record. As with all of my recordings, I have continued my explorations and innovations in technique, rhythm, texture and composition. I have also taken up some new creative directions, one of which is integrating fingerpicking with some of my most extreme two-handed percussive techniques within the same composition. You will hear this hybrid treatment in "Crossing Open Water" and "Night Ride". Another new direction was a return to my blues roots. I had a blast writing and recording tunes like "Lost Time" which offers a wide array of my favorite nasty, ironic blues licks and stylings. Check it out - it was well worth the wait!

1. Night Ride
2. Gianaina
3. First Summer Without You
4. Tractor Pull
5. Crossing Open Water
6. The Groove Is Real
7. What You Don't See
8. Accelerator
9. Love In The Old Country
10. Along The Perimeter
11. Lost Time
12. Quintana Roo
13. After A Rain
14. Shinkansen

Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 17, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: August 17, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00004Y9JJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #678,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By shed up on February 25, 2004
Format: Audio CD
an excellent album, but just a note, people are trying to sell this album used for ridiculous amounts of money($50 plus). Go to the Preston Reed website and buy it for $16. Dont get suckered. As far as the album goes, it's fantastic. Any fan of proficient music should check this out. Innovative technique and perfect exsecution of his tech. make this one not to miss!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. T. Ellison on November 7, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
It's been a long wait for a new Preston Reed acoustic guitar outing. Handwritten Notes is Reed's first CD since 1996 and a fine set through and through. Lots of variety: melodic stuff, groove stuff, sweet ballads, funk, bluesy, percussive, fingerpicking, slap-tap, cool, hot, velocidrome, romantic. Overall, the flavor of this collection is a bit reminiscent of an evolved Border Towns...but more tunes and all solo. No synths. Great playing, great tunes. Maybe he'll reprise "A Day at the Races" on the next disc...
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Guitar on March 5, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The negative review below is interesting. If you're not aesthetically pleased with this music, why take the time to write a negative review on someone who has an amazing talent. Someone who is original and writing some of the most amazing music ever put on guitar. Please note: Al Di Meola once said of Preston, "phenomenal...", and Michael Hedges once said of Preston, "...inspiring...". Now these are the words of some of the great guitar players. Music is subjective. To say he writes guitar riffs that are limited by the instrument is one of the most ridiculous statements I've heard in a long time - because the very essence of what Preston does is to extend the boundaries of the instrument. Everyone is their own judge of what a good song is - and Preston writes musical gems - his sense of melody is simply gorgeous. Yes, he has a lot of groovy songs, but check out some of his ballads too. "More about the music" is becoming a big cliche - that's stating the obvious. Why not rather just listen to the music you like, and not waste time criticizing someone who is a wizard on the guitar and a strong composer. We need more guitarists like Preston, to continue the rich tradition of fingerstyle guitar. Call it what you like, but this music fan is one happy camper with the music of Preston Reed. Thank You Preston for all the wonderful music that you make!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "modox" on October 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This is another spectacular CD from Preston Reed. He is the master of fast-picking and his own percussive unique style. The great thing about Preston Reed is that, no matter which style he is playing, his compositions are wonderful. Many guitarists seem to compose "guitar music" -- Reed composes music, then figures out how to make a guitar play it. See him in concert if you can -- he can really play this stuff! It's not simply studio magic.
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