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The Master & The Musician


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  • Audio CD (January 2, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Myrrh Records
  • ASIN: B000009PMW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,215 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pilgrim's Flight
2. Agora (The Marketplace)
3. The Castle's Call
4. Wedding In The Country Manor
5. Suite-Of Reflections
6. Golden Halls
7. Mouthpiece
8. Follow Me Up
9. Jungle Pleasures
10. Deep Calls Unto Deep
11. Medley: Evensong/Twilight/Forever Joy
12. The High And Exalted One
13. Epilogue/Amazing Grace

Editorial Reviews

Phil Keaggy is an excellent all-around guitarist who has been a part of the CCM scene for over two decades. The Master & the Musician is Phil's first instrumental album for the Christian music genre and is an excellent piece of work from an excellent musician in the seldom heard from area of Christian instrumental music.

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Every thread is a delight.
BroknPrism@aol.com
This album is rich in Phils acoustic guitar along with other textures such as flute, synthesizer, piano.
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This is with out a doubt one of the best instrumental albums of all time.
Dan Taylor

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By BroknPrism@aol.com on January 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Originally released in 1978, The Master and the Musician was the first of Phil Keaggy's astonishing instrumental efforts. It would be enough that it was remarkable for its time, but it is remarkable for any time, and the freshness of the compositions endures some 20 years later.
From the medieval echoes of Pilgrim's Flight and Castle's Call, to the untamed energy of Agora and Follow Me Up -- a signature work of Keaggy brilliance -- this collection covers a broad spectrum of guitar: classical, steel-string acoustic, and soaring electric, woven together into a marvelous fabric of sound. And while the album supports a common theme, every song is an individual. Every thread is a delight.
For the technically minded, this was the first work in which Phil's distinctive guitar techniques were lavished on the listener in abundance: the volume swells, e-bow voicings, tap harmonics, and very generous solo moments.
Whether you are a lover of guitar music, or a follower of Phil's exceptional career, this album deserves an honored place in your collection. It is timeless, peerless, and priceless, and a humble but fitting tribute from the musician to the Master.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cletus J. "Bubba" Huckabee Jr. on June 28, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This album remains the biggest seller in Keaggy's catalogue, and after 25 years of steady releases, that states a great deal.
This was Keaggy's first instrumental album and followed up a set of albums that had garnered considerable attention within the CCM community. During the peak of the Jesus Movement Keaggy was busy with Glass Harp. By the time he started releasing admittedly low budget solo work to the CCM market, the Jesus Movement was almost completely gone and a new sub-category of music would provide plenty of room for anything Keaggy wanted to do.
So after a couple of years establishing himself as a known commodity, he came out with this gem that took most people by surprise. Since the bulk of the CCM crowd were, at that point, unaware of Glass Harp and oblivious to the fact that Keaggy had a previous incarnation long before What A Day, this stunning album was a wonderful surprise. The guitar work, complex and delightful, moody and cheerful, was fuel for the urban legend that ______________ (fill in the blank with any of your favorite secular guitar slingers) said that Keaggy was the best guitar player on the planet.
This album was so good that we were able to believe the urban legend, and spread the word now and again. Though he didn't yet allow his guitar slinging to be revealed, he did a lot of incredible finger picking that was well beyond the skill level of any guitar player in CCM at the time.
This album remains a delight for the very same reason it was a delight in the late 70s. It is virtually timeless and doesn't carry any of the dated trappings of the era... just a collection of original melodies worked and reworked until Keaggy managed to squeeze hooks, tricks, and signature swirls of musical color in to each tune. This album is a staple worth having - not because it captures the start of the CCM era, but because it is beautiful, pleasant, and timeless.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By kathleen on April 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I've listened to Master & Musician for 20 years and I still listen to it on record. I am so happy to be able to now have it on CD. The music is timeless. It takes me to places where my imagination can run free. The music tells a story, it's a true experience. Phil Keaggy is a true Master Musician.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peter Alewine on August 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I got this CD last night and it's already one of my favorites -- I listened to it straight through twice in a row, then I had to stop since it was past midnight or so (and I'm still listening to it as I type this!). This is one of those rare CDs on which every track is good.
The first piece, Pilgrim's Flight, is very nice, with plenty of good chord progression, almost classical sounding, but with not so obscure and hard to follow progressions. All of the others are similar in those respects (which is a good thing).
The exceptions to that style are as follows:
Agora has a beachy, tropical kind of sound with an electric guitar over top (quite cool).
Mouthpiece is a goofy, almost completely alcapella track, where it sounds like Phil's just having fun with his microphone.
Follow Me Up may very well be my favorite song on this CD. It's just plain cool! I found myself laughing out loud at some of the cool stuff Phil did in it.
Jungle Pleasures sounds like what might happen if a bunch of monkeys and other jungle creatures got together and started playing music in the treetops.
I hope this helps...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PhilPenn on January 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD
The "Master and the Musician" is truly a master work that made me a Phil Keaggy fan almost 30 years ago. I have since worn out 3 LPs, at least a half dozen cassettes, and even three CDs. (Mr. Keaggy can thank me later.)

In the end, it comes down to one thing. If someone took all of my music tomorrow, the first CD I would buy to start replacing almost 40 years worth of very eclectic music is "The Master and the Musician."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dr Jay on February 5, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is Phil's first all-instrumental album and also a concept album. The original LP version included a short story in the liner notes telling of a young musician in the early Rennaisance period trying to get his big break by playing before the King and his court, which sets the tone for the music. Unfortunately, this story is not included in my copy of the CD. This CD is a 'must have' if you're a fan of Keaggy's fretwork but not necessarily keen on the Christian lyrics of his vocal releases. Phil plays most of the instruments (guitars, drums, percussion, bass, synthesizer) and there are a few guest performers on selected tracks. M&TM features a mix of nice acoustic pieces (Pilgrim's Flight, Suite of Reflection, to his arrangement of Amazing Grace) and some fiery electric work on the jazzy Agora (the Market Place), Follow Me Up (which almost sounds like a theme song to a 70's cop show), to the frantic Jungle Pleasures. There is also a unique short track called Mouthpiece, which features Phil and his wife, Bernadette, making rhythmic vocal sounds. Very cool. The entire CD is very listenable.
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