Preston Reed — Handwritten Notes
(Outer Bridge OB 1001, 2000, CD)
by David Ashcraft, Published 2001-03-01
If you think that the acoustic guitar is a conventional instrument then you haven’t heard Preston Reed play it. Combining a tapping approach that is considerably evolved from the style of the late Michael Hedges, he also generates a vast number of different percussion sounds from the body of the guitar itself. Most of the time utilizing a left hand that drapes over the top of the fretboard rather than under, Reed’s revolutionary approach to the guitar typically leaves concert audiences astounded. The beauty of Handwritten Notes is that the technique never overwhelms the compositions. While there are many aggressive, high-energy tunes like “Accelerator” and “Shinkansen” (written about the Japanese bullet train), the album is exceptionally well balanced with quieter, more melodic songs. “First Summer without You” displays a heartbreaking beauty that recalls the subtlety of pianist Bill Evans. Reed also returns to his fingerpicking roots at times and even serves up a nice dose of blues on “Lost Time,” both of which add a human touch to the proceedings. This is quite possibly the best album that Preston Reed has recorded in a stellar 14-album career, and is highly recommended to fans of instrumental acoustic music.
Related artist(s): Preston Reed
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more