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California Guitar Trio - The First Decade
Inside Out Music America
By MuzikMan
(more articles from this author)
2003-09-04
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Artist: California Guitar Trio (www.cgtrio.com)
Title: The First Decade
Label: Inside Out Music America (www.insideoutmusic.com)
Genre: Rock/Instrumental, Progressive

The First Decade is California Guitar Trio's album of collected works. For those of you that may have missed some highlights along the way this is a great CD to pick up. Is this a good representation of the first ten years of their career? This is not for me to say, as I have not been following their recorded output for that long. My introduction to their music came over the last few years. I have always enjoyed what they had to offer. I passed this CD on to several different people. No one had ever heard of the band before and they all loved this music. Now that alone was impressive. Think of The Ventures gone progressive and that is what this band sounds like quite often, with more of an acoustic principle.

I like this music because it is guitar based instrumental music with many different qualities featuring layers and dispositions contributed by each individual in the group. Their cultures and influences are broad and that is what makes their musical repertoire so diverse. Hideyo Moriya, Bert Lams and Paul Richards make up the trio. Many guests show up on their albums, which makes it even more interesting and entertaining. Tony Levin, the incredible bass player, is a regular in the studio and shows up on stage with them at times, including many other talented artists that accentuate the CGT sound on a regular basis.

Nineteen tracks is a lot of music and what makes it so enjoyable is that every song has something different to offer without compromising the band's direction or sound. They are always true to themselves and their craft. Even with their original compositions, they tend sneak in a lick here and there from heavy weights like Led Zeppelin, which everyone does it so it is nothing new. See if you can find similarities to other bands yourself as you listen, I would be willing to bet you will catch a passage that you will recognize if you listen closely enough. This is what makes there music so intriguing and fun, it always keeps you guessing and wondering what could be coming next.

1. Yamanashi Blues - 2:21
2. Melrose Avenue - 2:11
3. Beeline - 1:19
4. Carnival - 1:46
5. Blockhead - 2:16
6. Kan-Non Power - 3:16
7. Train to Lamy Suite, Pts. 1-3 - 4:22
8. Punta Patri - 4:21
9. Train to Lamy, Pt. 5 - 2:03
10. Above the Clouds - 5:34
11. Arroyo - 3:39
12. Pathways - 4:29
13. Great Divide - 2:32
14. Scramble - 2:00
15. Kaleidoscope - 0:57
16. Ananda - 2:43
17. Invitation (live) - 2:44
18. Happy Time Fun (live) - 3:17
19. Train to Lamy, Pt. 3 (Reprise) - 1:16

Credits:
Trey Gunn - Guitar
California Guitar Trio - Producer, Engineer
Tony Levin - Stick
Paul Richards - Guitar, Slide Guitar, E-Bow, Mixing, Guitar Loops
Bert Lams - Guitar, Mixing
Bill Janssen - Saxophone
Hideyo Moriya - Guitar
Roger Lambson Warr - Saxophone, Engineer


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