Exposé Online banner

California Guitar Trio — Echoes
(Inner Knot INK7716 , 2008, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2009-07-01

Echoes Cover artCGT are back to what they do best: arranging covers of classic rock in their own inimitable style. Doing up the classics is part and parcel for the ensemble with two of Beethoven’s well known melodies. “Unmei” is in a Spanish style that not only suits the piece but also brandishes some heavy guitar playing (now a regular feature in the group). My all time favorite Pink Floyd piece, “Echoes,” is presented in guitar craft style with familiar phrasing carefully spread across each player. Paul Richard’s slide guitar lead-in works well to set the tone for the dual leads that carry the old vocal lines forward. Spacey effects backing from Theremin player Pamelia Kurstin make this a sweet performance and a new peak of craftsmanship. Mike Oldfield’s classic “Tubular Bells” is faithfully adapted to the three fretboard attack due in part to Oldfield’s original emphasis on electric string instrumentation. Part of the King Crimson rhythm section (Pat Mastelotto and Tony Levin) makes a a strong cameo appearances to decisively lock in the low end. Krokodil’s “And I Know” is a completely new direction as they play a swing style open chord piece with Jamie Masfield on “Mandolin.” Southern rock anthem “Freebird,” together with Queen’s signature song “Bohemian Rhapsody” are two of the CGT’s most appreciated live performances. Overall this recording serves not only as a reinvention but a testament to the trio’s penchant for couching familiarity within surprise.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 37, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Bert Lams, Tony Levin, Pat Mastelotto, California Guitar Trio, Tom Griesgraber

Latest news

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Born Again Floozies - 7 Deadly Sinners – After last year's five-song debut EP Novelties, Addenda & Ephemera, the release of this Indianapolis band's first full length CD was a highly anticipated event here at Exposé central. Sporting a...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues