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★★★★★

“JACK GATES’ GENTLE GUITAR CD EXPLORES LATIN STYLES”

Written on: 19/03/2014

Here is a treat for you. There is a new album by Jack Gates (VOYAGE OF THE TROUBADOUR) and on it this guitarist demonstrates his extreme versatility by taking the listener through a broad range of styles and arrangements, all for the most part having Latin-music stylings.

Gates takes his music through the realms of sparse acoustic new age-style solo and duo guitar improvisation to the sounds of an upbeat rhythmic Latin-jazz band with stops in-between on tunes featuring just guitar and vocals (by his wife, singer Sharyl Gates), an electric-guitar-led ensemble, and various combinations of acoustic and electric guitars mixed with singing, bass and drums.

If you like subtle Latin music incorporating rhythms, patterns and motifs from South and Central America and the Caribbean, then this is one album not to be missed.