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Gavin Lurssen — Restless
(Zebra Records ZA 44403-2, 1998, CD)

by Jerry Baiden, Published 2000-10-01

Restless Cover art

Restless is Gavin Lurssen's first major effort as a solo acoustic guitarist. Originally from South Africa, he came to the Americas when he was sixteen. He attended Berklee College of Music where he achieved a film scoring degree. His other main line of work is actually as a mastering engineer for the famed Mastering Lab in LA. His music is somewhat similar to film music in that the mood is prominent and the melody has more supportive role. The melodies are hidden most of the time behind the drone of chords and percussive fretless bass. His music, however, is a nice blend of world styles with bassist Lars Danielsson featured on many of the pieces. Lurssen will rely more on riffs rather than solo melodic lines, though. This is all very well until you continue listening beyond the third track. After that, the music is rather blurred than defined. Gavin Lurssen does display a good sense of personal reflection in his music pulled from a very strong asset – his diverse background.


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