Album Review

Frasca, Dominic – “Deviations ” – [Cantaloupe Music]

ArtCrimes   6/19/2007   A Library, CD

Dominic Frasca ???Deviations??? A Library

Solo guitar music from a minimalist perspective???intricate, precisely-plucked single notes, piling up on themselves in a circular fashion. Percussive tapping sometimes adds a rhythmic counterpoint to the picking. There???s also some pretty advanced fret tapping techniques here. At times the production suggests the arid, Nordic sonics of early ECM releases by players like Ralph Towner (see #3), while other tracks have fat delays, stereo ping-ponging, and other spatial effects, although the instrument is played in real time without any looping. #6 is a Philip Glass composition, and clearly Glass is an influence for Frasca and his writing partner Marc Mellits.

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