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L.A.G.Q. (Los Angeles Guitar Quartet) CD

4.5 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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Another excellent LAGQ CD and their Sony Classical debut. This CD, recorded in 1997, features John Dearman, Bill Kanengiser, Scott Tennant, Andrew York performing a collection of traditional, modern and original pieces. Titles are: 'African Suite' (Kaneng

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The term crossover can mean many things, and, as Sony Classical has proved time and again, attempts to package classical artists as sophisticated dabblers in world music can be as embarrassing as it is, on rare occasions, stunning. On the cover of this, their Sony Classical debut recording, we have four essentially classically-trained guitarists slouching like members of a rock group. The 60-minute disc careers through music inspired by Africa, Brazil, the Balkans, Chile and Japan, with stops in reggae, jazz, and New Music along the way. Despite the obvious talent and technical skill of the L.A.G.Q.'s members, this listener found little to enjoy in this particularly watered-down and superficial-sounding repertoire. --Gwendolyn Freed
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Product Details

  • Performer: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet
  • Audio CD (September 8, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • ASIN: B00000AG7F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Andrew D. Miller on December 7, 2000
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Unfortunately, Amazon's reviewer is sadly uninformed about the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's history in doing exactly what they have mastered on this CD- dabbling. While not every track is a smash hit, when the quartet is on, they're really on. Their African Suite and Klezmer Dances are dazzling, and these guys have done this sort of thing before: everything from the Main Street Parade to the Nutcracker Suite to a hoedown on previous recordings. L.A.G.Q. is LAGQ at their best- don't let Amazon's review fool you.
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If you're just looking for guitar music; perhaps a performer sitting in a folding chair in a dark theater strumming away, then don't buy this album. But if you're the kind of guitar advocate who wants to finish listening to a CD and say "I'm full," then give your ears (and soul) a treat with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet's L.A.G.Q. The album jetsets the listener around the world beginning with two very clever African tunes and then hastens for Japanese, Brazilian, Italian and Eastern European shores. And there are no egos on this album. Each of the group's members rotate in showcasing their adept at the instrument. What makes the album even more enjoyable though, is its open-door policy with guest musicians: virtuosos at their respective crafts. With these guests, LAGQ achieves its goal, painting the musical landscape of each geographic destination.
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If one truly loves the versatility and beauty of the guitar than this album, and the entire repetior of the LAGQ, is an invaluable asset. They yet again astounded me with their fearless headfirst dive into uncharted territory with dazzling effects. I thoroughly enjoyed this CD and seriously question the reliability of any reviewer who considers this album "watered down."
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This is the first album by LAGQ that I bought, and actually they are the reason that I got onto Amazon.com- I couldn't find their album anywhere here in Canada. They are truly an amazing group, and they bring out the passion and vibrancy, the energy and life, and the mystique that is possessed by the relatively simple-looking guitar. The African Suite and Farewell to Stromness are by far my most loved tracks on this album. They have crafted masterpieces that any fan of classical music will be able to appreciate. This is a listening experience you won't regret!!
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Integrating guitar with a subtle flourish of other accompaniment, the LAGQ have crafted an unique and very listenable album. The compositions are often surprising, alternately delicate and boisterous, and always masterfully played.
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LAGQ is doing for a guitar quartet what the Kronos did for strings. It takes music from all over the world; Africa, Europe,South America and the U.S. and makes it sound as if they were playing the instruments of those areas. Using guitars that produce bell tones or drums (together with a bongoist) or becoming a full klezmer band with a clarinetist. They create sounds never heard before from guitars and rhythyms that make one feel that you are in Africa, South America, Eastern Europe or jazzy U.S.A. The exquisite classical technique of the four players is apparent and their ability to tranform that into this musical travelogue of the world makes this album a treasure.
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I have many of LAGQ's recordings, but I didn't have this one. I wanted a recording of 'Farewell to Stromness' and found it here. Purchased immediately. The smooth, intricate, understated production I have always loved about this group is here. I never have to make excuses in my head for bombast or error with these gentlemen, but I am taken to a higher plane immediately when I hear them play. So sad that this particular group of four is no longer together, but time marches on.
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I don't like every track on this album which is why I like the album--it pushes me. One mystery though. There are four unlabeled tracks at the end of the album, over twenty minutes of music, that are unattributed. Can't find anything on the web either. What are they?
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