Written on: 30/03/2012
If you like great guitar playing, you need to hear the new solo acoustic guitar CD by Rich Osborn called GIVING VOICE - GUITAR EXPLORATIONS. He plays in a free raga style (based on the construction of much music from India) combining melodic structure with improvisation. If you ever heard and appreciated the music of Robbie Basho or John Fahey from the Sixties and Seventies, you will love this modern-day master. I especially suggest you check out the four most melodic tunes: “The Meeting Pool at Moonrise,” “Joelle’s Song,” “Knights of the Interior Castle” and “A Song of New Beginnings,” but keep in mind these too have improvisational moments. He fingerpicks a steel-string guitar, but it sounds like a classical nylon-string at times. Regardless, Osborn moves from slow and soft to the world of rapid-runs and back again. He has a fascinating style combining intenseness and meditative feelings. He has a dot-com called richardosbornguitar.
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