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Might Could — Wood Knot
((Not on label) no#, 2007, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2008-10-01

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As a follow-up to their previous disc All Intertwined from a couple years ago, Wood Knot shows a definite growth and maturation for this excellent Maryland based instrumental guitar quartet. The players are Aaron Geller, Tim McCaskey and Andy Tillotson on acoustic guitars, with Luis Nasser on bass. That simple, yet these are four amazing players who together have a solid command of group dynamics and manage to make these eight intensely complex compositions sound like good fun. While there are elements of classical and jazz in all of these pieces, stepping back and listening to the bigger picture it’s easy to understand that this is really progressive rock music performed on acoustic guitars. All of the pieces of the puzzle are there: tight compositional complexity, lengthy multi-part suites (even though the ‘parts’ are not enumerated in the titles, they are indeed there), as well as numerous changes in direction as a piece proceeds, making each an evolutionary journey from somewhere to somewhere else, filled with magical moments, mysterious evocations, and outpourings of instrumental brilliance, depth and emotion. No, there’s no Mellotron, sorry! A quick and casual listen might recall the work of the California Guitar Trio; however on closer scrutiny listeners may be reminded of the multiple-guitar compositions of Anthony Phillips with Enrique Berro Garcia and other collaborators. In one word – exceptional.


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