The Shawangunk is a lovely mountain in New York, where the crystal clear streams sparkle in the sunlight and cobalt skies are endless. You can stand at the edge of smooth gleaming white cliffs and watch as water falls into the ravine below. Rolf Sturm’s new acoustic solo recording of the same name also has the same ambiance.
Rolf Sturm has had numerous recordings, and has performed and/or toured with banjo pioneer Tony Trischka, drummer Billy Martin, country singer Eddy Arnold, the Argentinean tango group New York-Buenos Aires Connection, the Grateful Dead big band Illuminati, klezmer clarinetist Giora Feidman, and the Walter Thompson Orchestra. He also leads his own New York City area bands Feed The Meter and Just Cause.
Rolf Sturm’s chords dance as if suspended; his improvisation is reminiscent of Lenny Breau’s 1975 CD Cabin Fever. Rolf is subtle and deft on the guitar, and like the mountain, his range is wide, with a sudden burst of rock edge. He kicks into gear for track 5, the chords are lively and folksy with an eclectic quality.
On this CD, he smoothly moves through eighteen original compositions, proving his talent as both composer and a musician. He has a way to touch your senses with his music. It is the unique combination of improvising and moody arrangements, which are masterful. It is beyond smooth, which is the thing that gives it the perfect edge.Sit back, close your eyes and enjoy the view.