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Gongfarmer 18

Artist: Jim McAuley
Jim McAuley - Gongfarmer 18 CD
Label: 9 Winds
Regular Price: $14.95
On Sale For: $5.98 
Year: 2005
Format: CD

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Half-composed music - or structured free forms, if you will - is probably what I like best when listening to solo acoustic guitar. Besides owning a dexterity which could silence many pretenders, Jim McAuley has an unique gift of transforming his imagination and dreams into untarnished grace; he's capable of putting your heart in full-resonance mode with delicate ornaments and evocative counterpoints and arpeggios then, all at once, he mutates his machine in an Eastern instrument through string detuning, a trick he performs pretty easily despite the fact he does it while playing the tune! Atonality and romanticism - minus the sugar - are both present, too (listen to the succession of "1+2" and "Nika's waltz") but great news also comes from Jim's use of the 12-string, as he is the first guitarist I've heard in a long time trying to tame this beast without sounding like a Ralph Towner clone. At the end of this record you feel a little more optimist and somehow relaxed - and that speaks volumes.
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Jim McAuley (Ramirez classical guitar, Guild 12 string guitar, Collings steel string guitar, Marquette prepared parlor guitar)
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