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Artist: Gordon Grdina
Gordon Grdina - Unlearn CD
Label: Spool
Regular Price: $16.95
On Sale For: $6.78 
Year: 2007
Format: CD


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Featuring Gordon Grdina on guitar, Francois Houle on clarinets, Karlis Silins on bass and Kenton Loewen on drums. Vancouver- based guitarist, Gordon Grdina, has a fine trio disc out from last year on Songlines with Gary Peacock and Paul Motian. Quite a nice line-up for a debut from this fine young guitarist. This Gordon's next disc and it features all Vancouver-based players, it is much different than the first. "Titlewave" erupts right from the first note and it is a fast paced, tight and well-written piece with some most impressive acoustic guitar soloing and challenging unison playing for the guitar and clarinet. Considering that I haven't heard of either of the rhythm team players before this, they are mighty fine as well. "Cworky" has one of those great laid-back slightly bent grooves with superb interplay between Gordon, Francois and the bass and drums. The quartet do a most impressive job of slipping in and out of charted and freer sections within many of the pieces. What consistently knocks me out is Gordon's difficult compositions which keep these players on the their toes as the pieces constantly shift through different sections with surprising twists and turns. Many of these pieces have Francois playing the theme as Gordon swirls lines of dazzling notes around him. The clarinet often and guitar switch roles when it becomes time for the clarinet to solo and the guitar to play the theme. On "Distant" the bass is featured as the quartet play this sublime, skeletal melody. "Soul Suite" is a lovely, delicate piece with a superb melody that is most enchanting. It reminds me of when Michael Moore plays some charming clarinet on one of the great Dylan songs. The following song, "Albert the Monk" also has fine folky melody that is hard to forget and finally "Platform" balances the free with the focused parts just right once again. 63 minutes long and consistently provocative throughout.
Gordon Grdina (guitar); Francois Houle (clarinet); Karlis Silins (bass); Kenton Loewen (drums)
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