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Prester John

Desire For a Straight Line

Prester John: Desire For a Straight Line (Innova)

Prester John is guitarist Shawn Persinger with mandolin virtuoso David Miller performing original work and music from Janet Feder, Dave Kerman, and a song for Henry Threadgill to sing!

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product information:

UPC: 726708674724

Label: Innova
Catalog ID: 774
Squidco Product Code: 13496

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2010
Country: USA
Packaging: Digipack


Shawn Persinger-acoustic guitar

David Miller-mandolin

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track listing:

1. Tale Tale Pathology 4:02

2. Half Speed Cakewalk 0:32

3. The Library Theif 2:07

4. Plain of Jars 3:15

5. Song For Henry Threadgill to Sing 2:54

6. Making Circles 6:52

7. Janet Feder: Silhouette No. 2 1:04

8. Marionette Waltz in Four 3:42

9. Wender's 3:30

10. Saturday's Tribe 2:45

11. Mike Sary: Silhouette No. 3 0:53

12. Piano and Violin Duet No. 1 2:37

13. Duckling 2:15

14. Saints 2:55

15. Dave Kerman: Silhouette No. 1 0:25

16. The Favored Colour of Light 8:28
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"Guitarist, Shawn Persinger is Prester John, is back once again and this time he's brought along some help (not that he needs it) in the form of mandolin virtuoso David Miller. The daunting task of describing the music of Shawn and David, collectively known as PRESTER JOHN, is not a lack of superlatives but their uncanny ability to transform a multitude of disparate genres into a new but familiar sound. Hints of Jazz, 21st Century Classical, Rock, World and Bluegrass pervade everything Prester John touch but you are always left with a feeling of refreshing originality that begs you to guess what might come next.

Challenging yet accessible; varied yet cohesive; smart and whimsical; when it comes to Prester John's music paradox is the name of the game, a reputation Shawn Persinger established with his previous release, The Art of Modern/Primitive Guitar and that he has continued to develop in the intervening years as both a composer and an instrumentalist.

Need some points of reference? Prester John is not afraid to site their sources. J.S. Bach meets Frank Zappa; David Grisman and Tony Rice play Igor Stravinsky and Danny Elfman; Friday Night in San Francisco with a mandolin. You might think you know the all the sounds an acoustic guitar and mandolin can make; and you might, after listening to Desire for a Straight Line."-Innova

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