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Alki Guitar Trio CD Reviews

by Minor 7th & Classical Guitar Magazine

When people think of the classical guitar, their minds conjure up images of Spain, Italy, and South America. Often overlooked however, is the overwhelming influence on all styles of guitar by North American blues and rock. It's no surprise that this influence has led to some extraordinary works for the classical guitar. The Alki Guitar Trio is a collaboration between three accomplished European guitarists whose goal was to celebrate North American and lesser known Brazilian music. The highlight of the disc is the "Suite Seattle" by Kevin Callahan, which chronicles the regions and history of Seattle, complete with musical quotes from Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix. The Alki trio also contribute several of their own excellent arrangements of works by George Gershwin and Heitor Villa-Lobos. The result is a unique and beautifully performed disc showcasing some rare, yet vaguely familiar works.

© Timothy Smith