Album Review

Akchote, Noel – “Sonny II” – [Winter & Winter]

Cousin Mary   5/22/2012   A Library, CD

French guitarist Noel Akchote plays in a variety of styles in this tribute to the influence of Sonny Sharrock without particularly sounding like him. Most tracks are played on steel string acoustic. Some are very melodic (including Donovan’s “There is a Mountain”, gasp!) and others are firmly in the experimental out there category, such as Track 2. Track 18 sounds like a lounge jazz guitarist; were the background sounds such as laughter and clinking glasses during a live show or were they added later? Overall, very powerful and beautiful – highest recommendation!

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