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Go is Steurmer's first album on his new label Inside Out, and sees him delving deeply into his past fusion work and blending it with the melodic aesthetic of his more recent output. It is an incredibly powerful combination to say the least. Taking the smoothest sides of Eric Johnson's tone and combining it with the highly challenging rhythmic groove of Joe Satriani, the majority of the songs are still characterized by his fusion guitars. Unlike his previous efforts though, Go is a more balanced and diverse record. It is filled with lush keys and prominent bass to underpin his ultra-clean melodic signature on "Striker"; a more rocky and somewhat eastern-tinged feel on "Masala Mantra" (sort of like a marriage between Far Eastern scales and Indian eclectism), and the perfect mix of fusion and groove-inflected rock on "Greenlight", which evokes a song where Eric Johnson and Al Di Meola duet fiercely within the context of a beautifully written compostion. Keys have a stronger impact on the moody "Dream in Blue", complete with stunning percussion and a slowly building guitar arrangement. "Breaking Point" is again like a neat Joe Satriani track that would feel at home on his self-titled album. Stuermer's understanding of rhythm and fluency is at its best here, climaxing with a spine-chilling guitar solo.Read more ›
All ten instrumental songs on this disc are just great and to boot a nice varition between them, everything from straight ahead rock, to prog rock, to jazz fusion. His style reminds me of Joe Satriani with a bit more jazz fusion thrown in. The production is crystal clear and his guitars are up front like they should be. The other other players on the disc hold their own quite well and overall makes for a very tight band.
I have had this disc in my car for weeks now and just don't feel like playing anything else, its that good. No slow or downer stuff, just uplifting spirited guitar playing that will bring a smile to your face over and over again, do yourself a favor and if you only buy a couple of dics this year, make this one of them.
In small doses, it's pretty good and the songs, although all similar, seem to get better towards the latter part of the disc. This is categorized as jazz, which it isn't, and I appreciate that this type of instrumental guitar is difficult to categorize. Its more like Russ Freeman playing progressive rock. Nicely produced but not quite virtuoso playing (at least by the standards of today's numerous super guitarists). If you really like Go, I'd suggest Guitarland by Tim Pierce, which tries to do the same thing Go does, but with more variety. Michael Dowdle's second album, From The Hip would be a good choice as well. Maybe Michael Thompson's World According to MT.
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