Might Could — All Intertwined
((Not on label) no#, 2005, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2006-05-01Three guitars and a bass, no drums, no keyboards and no vocals, all intertwined. And a perfect title to describe what’s going on here across these eleven short to mid-length tracks. This is outstanding driving music, where aggression and angst take a back seat to inventiveness, spirit and technique. The players in this Maryland based quartet are Tim McCaskey, Aaron Geller, and Andy Tillotson on guitars (Guild, Ovation, and Taylor respectively) and Luis Nasser on bass. This is no piddly new-age crap, nor a vehicle for endless soloing, but instead a group of highly impassioned guitarists putting everything they have into their compositions, which are at once complex, variegated, and colorfully melodic. No fuzz, no distortion, no gimmicks, just highly skilled finger picking and fretwork. Comparisons might be made at various times to California Guitar Trio, Shawn Persinger, McLaughlin’s acoustic endeavors, or even Anthony Phillips. Each composition is like a little odyssey that goes through a seemingly endless series of turns and unpredictable maneuvers, rarely treading the same ground twice, making each a cerebral experience that continually reveals something new with each repeated listen. Fans of excellent guitar music will find plenty herein to enjoy. Eleven little embryonic journeys.
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