Marisa Anderson

Mercury


IMPREC395  


CD version of the 2009 Mississippi Records
release. Highly recommended to followers of the
Blackshaw/Wissem line of acoustic instrumental
composition that runs through the Imprec
catalog.

From the original notes:

"Portland guitar virtuoso Marisa Anderson is
back with a new set of home recorded
instrumentals. This time around we find Marisa
exploring structures more based on the
Appalachian folk tradition. The bluesy cadences
of Marisa's other previous release - Golden
Hour - are still there but more in an emotional
sense than a structural.
It's rare to find a record that has just one
instrument with no vocals that can achieve real
emotional communication - but here 'tis. Marisa
thoughtfully composed & recorded this LP over
the course of the last two years. It was worth
the wait."

TRACK LISTING

The New Country
Deep Gap
Down Off the Mountain
Old Names
Austin, Eureka and Ely
Trinity
Mojave
Furnace Creek
Embudo
Mesquite Shade
Happy Camp
Galax
Sinks and Rises
Hesitation Theme and Variation Blues
Colfax
Red Sky

REVIEWS

When I listen to Marisa Anderson's solo guitar music, I think of Sun Ra's poem about "Tone Scientists." It wasn't enough for Ra that his musicians hit the notes; he wanted them to play with precision, discipline, and an awareness of tone and architecture. Anderson, who's based in Portland, Oregon, has paid her dues and done her research: she played in country, circus, and jazz bands before applying her acumen to a series of solo instrumental records for acoustic and electric guitar and lap steel. On her latest LP, Traditional and Public Domain Songs (Grapefruit), her performances of chestnuts such as "Just a Closer Walk With Thee" and "Farther Along" are structurally sound and patiently paced, allowing the audience to soak in her waves of Pops Staples-style reverb and be hypnotized by her Elizabeth Cotton-inspired fingerpicking. In concert, Anderson keeps her verbal commentary to a minimum, instead telling a story with her sequencing of material—usually a mix of originals (often named after natural phenomena) and vintage tunes steeped in themes of community and spirituality. Anderson opens for local instrumental quartet Brokeback, which will play new material and debut a modified lineup—Jim Elkington is taking over from the departing Chris Hansen on guitar, and Areif Sless-Kitain is stepping in to fill Elkington's spot behind the drums. —Bill Meyer/Chicago Reader

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