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Cg3+2 by California Guitar Trio

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  • Audio CD (May 6, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: California Guitar Trio
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • ASIN: B003L205PY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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By M. Storer on June 1, 2003
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Having seen CGT plus Levin and Mastelloto in concert, I was thrilled when I got this CD. I bought their Rocks The West CD from the concert and had all 5 members sign the disc. That's a keeper. I have to disagree with the first author on the page that said it was muzak. Far from it. Levin and Mastelloto are indeed at their best, but what's truly wonderful is the intricate playing from the CGT themselves. They seem to have really taken on their mantle as graduates from Robert Fripp's guitar craft and play incredibly nuanced pieces while having fun doing it.
There is such a spontaneous feel to so much of the music, even the cover of Yes's Heart of The Sunrise (one of that band's true Masterworks) feels fresh here. As with any good collection of virtuoso music, the listener is drawn in by some of the more accessible pieces so that by track 6 or 7, when the band whips up some more eclectic and noisy pieces, you feel like you've done the whole ride and loved it all.
If you're a musician, you'll never want to part with this collection. If you're an avid listener of rock, folk, progressive, jazz--you'll find something appealing on this CD.
Best played at over 60 miles an hour, alone--sound turned up...
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After having the pleasure of seeing the California Guitar Trio (CGT) twice in concert, I continue to be amazed at their talent. When they originally teamed up with both Tony Levin (bass/chapman stick) and Pat Mastelotto (drums and such), I was very excited about the added textures this would provide.
The trio first released a "live in concert" independent disc, showcasing this 5 musician lineup. I found this first release to be fair, but lacked the full sound I had hoped for.
This studio release (CG3+2) exceeds that first release, and I dare say exceeds all other CGT releases.
The dedicated fan will find some previous CGT compositions appear, but with the added "drive" of solid drums and bass. The original compositions are equally on par with the other material. Highlights to me include the "cover" of Yes' "Heart Of The Sunrise", "Zundoko-Bushi", and "Melrose Avenue".
I believe this release will not only win the group new fans, but also should keep the existing fanbase happy. If you have any appreciation for inventive acoustic guitar instrumental work, you would be hard pressed to find anything even close to this quality.
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By A Customer on October 24, 2003
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This is one of the finest CDs I own. I enjoy a wide range of music - and it's all here. Track 4 is an exceptional cover of Yes's Heart of the Sunrise - with all parts done with string instruments - no keyboards - simply phenomenal! From the retro 60's surf boogie sound of track 6 - Zundoko-Bush to the absolutely pure and beautiful track - Eve. Dancing Ann (track 3) flows so nicely it's likely opening the windows on a beautiful day to take a deep breath of fresh air and feel the warm sun on your face. Track 11 - Train to Lamy is one of my favorites - it features a gritty, crazed slide guitar that drives into a frenzied scream which eventually breaks into a Nashville sounding pick fest - who would have ever thought to put these sounds together and melted them so absolutely COOL. Track 8 - Dance of Maya conveys a frenzied,wild, unrestrained dance that unfolds as if it was occurring right before your eyes. I don't know if I've ever used the word "Perfect" to describe a CD, but this CD is perfect. The talent here is truly unparalled, but beyond that is the depth of the compositions. The range of music covered has something for everyone. I loved this CD on the first listen and more with each succesive listen. I've even erected a shrine in my living room in front of the CD player to this selection (not really - but it's that good !) It is all instrumental, and if you enjoy the likes of Pat Methany, Jordan Rudess, or other musicians capable of reaching the peak of their genre, then I believe you will truly enjoy this very, very fine selection.
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God this is a great album. Masterful instrumental guitar (in trio of course). Thunderous backing by Levin and Mastelotto. Heavier than previous CGT, but worth the lifting. Plus plenty of downright beautiful songwriting. A supreme cover of Heart of the Sunrise. CGT at their best. Get it. You'll love it.
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I love these guys. I love these guys even better with Tony Levin and Pat Mastellato! I have seen them in concert a couple of times and they are simply amazing musicians that create great music. With this CD I can see what they might be like in a full band situation. Very powerful, indeed. This is one of the year's best CDs. Excellent work.
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Can you imagine the vast number of electric guitar that were bought as a result of hearing Jimmy Hendrix in his early days? After pondering such a notion, it would be only logical to conclude that after an initial hearing of this fantastic album, people will rush out to buy acoustic guitars and tune them to C pentatonic.
After purchasing every official CGT official bootleg disk, it is refreshing to hear studio versions of these songs (and a few new ones). For those who complain that music of a progressive nature is difficult to listen to, here is a CD that will silence those critics.
Cg3+2 breathes new life into a few older tracks that have appeared on earlier CGT albums. "Melrose Avenue," "Blockhead" and "Train to Lamy" have all graced their 90's releases and were all great tunes but have been expanded with Pat and Tony. YES' "Heart Of The Sunrise" has been revamped with a life of it's own and Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Dance Of The Maya" never sounded so good.
Now the good news and bad news. Good news: CGT will be touring on this CD. The bad news: Tony will be touring with Peter Gabriel and may not be available. Which leads me to send a message via this review to Paul, Bert and Hideyo: hey guys, how about bringing Trey Gunn along on the tour!?
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