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Anders Buaas — The Edinburgh Suite
(Apollon Records no#, 2022, CD / LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2022-09-15
Norwegian guitarist and composer Anders Buaas´ new album, The Edinburgh Suite, debuted on September 9, 2022. In addition to Buaas, the album features Marco Minnemann on drums, Tony Franklin on bass, Christian M. Berg on mallets and percussion, and Richard Garcia on keyboards. The album is a two-part suite inspired by the history of the magnificent city of Edinburgh and is a natural progression from his recent albums. The two parts are roughly 20 minutes each and flow from one theme to the next, much like Mike Oldfield. The music never grows stale, each theme and mood lasts a minute or two and seamlessly segues to the next, running the gamot from acoustic guitar to pulsating electronic sequences to Appalachian country rock to urban prog jazz fusion. There is a difference between the two parts, but never having been to Edinburgh, I am not quite sure how “Part 1: Old Town” and “Part 2: New Town” relate to the city. Though Anders says: “Crank open your favorite bottle of single malt and join me on a sonic journey through the history and the streets of Edinburgh.” Leading up to this release, Anders released three excerpts from the Suite over the past several months, Anno, Fanfare, and NorLoch. but it would take the dedicated listener to compare these four to five minute excerpts against the full forty-minute suite to determine where they fit in. Needless to say The Edinburgh Suite is an enjoyable listening experience and there are even tubular bells on “Part 2” to complete the Oldfield comparison.
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