Stegzy's Music Project

A commentary on Stegzy's album collection

Guitar Favourites – Norbert Kraft [#562]

71dXBWuSKZL._SX522_When I was studying for an A Level in Music Performance my old college friend Min decided that rock guitar was “so last year” and turned his guitar playing skills from the electric to the classical guitar. I have to say, he was bloody good at both.

I’ve had loads of guitar playing friends over the years and, he’d probably hit me for awarding him such an accolade, but on this side of the celebrity curtain, I’d say Min was definitely the most talented of the lot. Of course, yet to see Jim play Asturias, Malagueña Salerosa  or Recuerdos de la Alhambra so that could change.

After many months practice Min managed to play Asturias with all the dexterity and finger twiddly of an accomplished guitarist almost, but not quite, like John Williams or Narcisio Yepes. Of course having spent many hours listening to him practice, the tune stuck in my head and, as a result, when I saw todays album in the bargain basket in WH Smith, I snaffled it.

Norbert Kraft is one such accomplished guitarist and I would wager he could out twiddle John Williams in a twiddle off. But then I suppose that’s like comparing Matt Howden with Nigel Kennedy. On this album, Kraft twiddles his way through 19 tracks of classic Classical classical guitar melodies effortlessly, though if a little allegro instead of vivace in places.

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Album #77 – Another Kind of Love – Joe Bonamassa

Screen Shot 2014-06-10 at 13.51.45Another Kind of Love – Joe Bonamassa

I have a friend who is a guitarist. Jim is a very good guitarist. Jim knows how to play his guitar with feeling and passion. Much like Joe Bonamassa. Joe Bonamassa, unfortunately, is not my friend. If he was, I could imagine him and Jim doing something together. With lots of hair.

My first introduction to Bonamassa was a live cover of New Day Yesterday and this was the only album I was able to obtain before I lost the use of fast internet (I now live where a broad band is a group of potbellied musicians).

Blues rock guitar with plenty of chugga-chugga. Nice for one of those days when you’re working on an engine in your garage or doing some other manly thing wearing denim and cheese cloth shirts. Possibly in the blazing New Mexico heat while smoking roll ups and wearing a bandanna.

Another one of those musicians that lots of people have heard about but neglected to tell me.

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