Working in a Derek Bailey vein of solo guitar improvisation, Portland, Maine improviser E. Jason Gibbs presents 14 performances on the acoustic guitar, cohesive pieces of confident development that reference not only the London improviser, but also shades of Americana and a unique voice and set of strategies uniquely his own.
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Catalog ID: CD-ORB5-OR5010
Squidco Product Code: 30064
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Recorded in Portland, Maine, Summer, 2020, by the artist.
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1. Shuffling Toward The Moon 3:03
2. Raven And Coyote Celebrate Their Good Fortune 4:03
3. Alpine Bog 4:36
4. Heron, Eater Of Rats 2:04
5. Wet Rocks And Roots 3:05
6. Drunk In The Fog 4:43
7. Quill And Bone 7:35
8. Deer Yard 3:07
9. Destiny Of The Creek 2:26
10. Lepidoptera 6:23
11. Blues For The Dying Owl 4:18
12. Osprey 5:15
13. The South Bog 1:52
14. Black Dog Dreams 4:35
sample the album:
"If you had asked me 40 years ago if the music of Derek Bailey would inspire a generation of guitarists, I would have laughed in your face. There were few of us around then and it didnŐt seem like our numbers were growing at any particular pace of note. Of course, I was dead wrong.
It is one thing to adopt the techniques and concepts of Bailey; it is quite another to make the resultant music your own. That is the challenge, and it takes extraordinary talent and skill to manage it. You are now holding the music of E. Jason Gibbs. He has clearly done just that. This is his music, his sound, his outlook.
The guitars are acoustic (even nylon string! Who does that?) and the music is unique. It is distinctly American, and pastoral, and in it you can hear strains of Fahey, and bits of Ives, and deconstructions of Robert Pete Williams and Tex Carman. But above it all, there is the spirit and soul of Gibbs. You will come to know him by this music, and consider him a friend.
I expect that this will be the first in a long series of his recordings. He is gifted and talented and this is simply beautiful guitar music. Try it."-Owen Maercks, Oct. 2020
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