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Melismantra

CD Single

4.4 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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Conservatory chops, deep-seated rock- and Indian-music sensibilities, and a new-music penchant for experimentalism fold into one another on this gorgeously recorded follow-up to 2002 s Food for the Bearded (New Albion). Liberally overdubbing his electric, steel-string acoustic, nylon-string classical, and electric bass guitars, Riley enriches the ensemble sound on all but two tracks with contributions by electric violinist Tracy Silverman (a frequent performer with Riley s father, keyboardist/vocalist and godfather of minimalism, Terry Riley); tabla master Zakir Hussain; and drummer Scott Amendola (who anchors the Nels Cline Singers, among other projects). The seven-plus-minute Herbie Moonshine s Last Dance is a multitracked solo tour de force of eight guitars, and the closing Uspavanka (Lullaby) for Téa is a lovely classical guitar solo. The flawless technical virtuosity and frontier-less fusion aesthetic will appeal to fans of John McLaughlin and Egberto Gismonti, while the free-form (and sometimes folk) feel of the wryly and philosophically titled individual pieces and suites, including Mobettabutta, Melismantra, and The Changes Stay the Same, should draw in the freak-folk audience whose ears have been opened by the raga-guitar styles of Jack Rose, Ben Chasny, and Sir Richard Bishop. --Derk Richardson, Acoustic Guitar, July 2008

. . . his refined guitar patterns and sensitive melodic hooks have unexpected power and draw the listener in. For the CD s 55 minutes duration, I found myself engrossed. Riley demonstrates that he s an effortless distiller of prevailing influences. --Philip Clark, The Wire, February 2008

Riley's playing seems effortless, but he never sacrifices musicality in the name of technique. His music oozes with soul. --East Bay Express, 3/20/08

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Product details

  • Audio CD (October 9, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Agyanamus Music
  • ASIN: B00104BDYW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #394,002 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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