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The New Beginning by Scott Lindenmuth Group

Down Beat magazine designates a category in their reader polls called Talent Deserving Wider Recognition. Scott Lindenmuth would fit nicely there.Although well known in the Northwest, his following is smaller in some other regions.

Nevertheless, he is a guitarists' guitarist, in that he is a technical master of acoustic, classical, and electric guitars. This is demonstrated right away on The Great One, which chimes with musical energy.

Then on By Land, By Sea, Bassist David Pascal stretches out by making his solo instrument into a full Bass section.

Minor Adventures pairs Andy Roben's organ with Lindenmuth's Spanish sketches. While it is true that Jazz originated with a pinch of Spanish music, on this album there is a full measure.

A treat for the keyboard aficionado is Que Pasta, written by Robens. What this reviewer hears in Lindenmuth's soloing is a potpourri of influences, but all comparisons aside the voice is his own.

Danza Seville is a simple, sunny jaunt through a Castilian landscape.The album closes with Gershwin's Summertime. This chestnut gets the Lindenmuth treatment, turning it into a blistering anthem that sizzles the senses like the 4th of July. Again, many influences, but a uniform and unique synthesis of electronic effects that carry the feeling.

A criticism of electronic music is that it can be cold. But this closing 10 minutes and 48 seconds of improvisation will have the listener turning down the thermostat, and turning up the volume. There are a few drummers who can make the cymbals an instrument unto themselves. Bill Dodge does that here as a key player. Closing arpeggios by Pascal completes the effect.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Scott Lindenmuth Group
  • CD Title: The New Beginning
  • Genre: Fusion
  • Year Released: 2004
  • Record Label: Dark Stream Records
  • Tracks: The Great One, Moods of Spain, The New Beginning, Too Much Latitude In Your Attitude, By Land, By Sea, Minor Adventures, Que Pasta, Danza Seville, Summertime.
  • Musicians: Scott Lindenmuth (guitar), Andy Roben (keyboards), David Pascal (bass), Bill Dodge (drums).
  • Rating: Four Stars
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