Georgia Guitar Quartet
Dawkins- guitar, banjo
Smith- 7 string guitar
Snyder- guitar, cello
Solomon- guitar, harmonica
An often surprising offer
from a quartet new to me. Here’s a quick rundown:
“Prelude”- In which
nimble insects run lightly over guitar strings not making random sounds
but refreshing ones.
“Flight”- A pleasurable
back-and-forth between guitar pizzicato “verse” and Spanish “chorus.”
What Penguin Café might be doing if they were still around.
“Piece One”- The
seductive rain of early minimalism. It could get you out of a hangover
and more besides.
“Pan”- What the group
calls a “structured improvisation,” it succeeds in its own delicate way.
“Piece Two”- Minimalism
again, it seems it ascend and descend at the same time.
Summing up: Pretty and
often engaging, but it needs more grit and tension. This is mostly B
work and I look forward to their A work. They need to work against their
delicateness more than they do.