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18 Pieces For Solo Steel String Guitar

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On Tom Ball's long-awaited second solo guitar release, the guitarist brings his fingerstyle approach to a vast array of styles and compositions from eleven different nations: Paraguay, Cuba, Ireland, the Bahamas, Brazil, Germany, France, Mexico, Nigeria, Spain, and the USA. The music was written 500 years ago and as recently as last year.

In addition to the varied material, another standout aspect of this recording is the use of a steel stringed instrument -- in this case a vintage 1936 Gibson. While other players have recorded pieces by Brouwer, Ponce, Barrios, etc., on the classical (nylon string) guitar, to our knowledge no one has done so before on steel strings. The result is an ultra-warm resonance, with an unusual clarity of attack and an often shimmering presence.

Expertly played and recorded with tube microphones over a period of two years, 18 Pieces for Solo Steel String Guitar transports the listener to a musical world where contemporary Cuban composers can live next door to Celtic harpers; where Renaissance lutenists shake hands with Blind Blake; and where Merle Travis can peacefully coexist with Baroque composers. In Tom Ball's capable hands, it's all guitar music -- and fine guitar music indeed.

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"***** (Five stars.) This CD is elegance on a guitar, moving and sincere... a splendid instrumental album." -- Roots Music Report, August 2003

"Exquisite taste... Ball’s nuance and sensitivity are astounding. Rendered with clarity, grace and fire -- a truly fine effort." -- Dirty Linen Magazine, Feb/Mar, 2004

"Graceful... powerful... musically diverse (and) artistically enriching... choice licks and crisp fret action. His work will move your soul." -- Minor 7th, Nov/Dec 2003

"Thumbs up (highest rating.) Nice selection of pieces, from Midieval and classical to Blind Blake and doo-wop, by accomplished guitarist." -- fRoots Magazine (UK,) November 2003

"Tom Ball is an excellent picker... (and) music historian." -- Acoustic Guitar Magazine, October 2003

"Uncommon cool, grace and resonant clarity in the hands of Tom Ball... A beautiful and bodacious outing." -- Josef Woodard. -- Santa Barbara Independent, Nov 13, 2003

A fascinating selection of tunes of variety and good taste... gentle, deft and enjoyable." -- Songbook Magazine (U.K.) Winter, 2004

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  • Audio CD (July 28, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: July 28, 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Talk-O-Phone
  • ASIN: B0000AZW9L
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
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