Artist : Tino Izzo
Section : Guitar
Trails" is, to quote my good friend, Lloyd Barde, "a veritable feast
of guitar motifs." The CD, by Tino Izzo, is a unique "best of" set
featuring twelve tracks from his solo albums plus three new pieces.
unique among the new cuts is a very original and inspired interpretation
of "And I Love Her," a John Lennon/Paul McCartney classic. Tino
maintains the romance of the original and adds a frenetic flamenco
flair (alliteration unintentional but appropriate). The uptempo
version is a monumental soundscape with a smokin' rock'n'roll guitar
riff complimenting the flamenco treatment.
Tino places rock riffs liberally among his sensitive contemporary
instrumental passages. That feature grabs me! I am a huge fan of
the treated guitar stylings of Jeff Pearce and Dave Tollefson. Mark
Dwane's guitar synth mesmerizes me. I have NOT liked very much standard
"new age" guitar music. "Nostalgia Trails" transcends the new age
classification, for me. Tino's deft manipulations, soulful riffs
and psychedelic echoes harken to a simpler time when the music was
the message. Beyond that, the feeling and energy create the transcendence.
The world beat influences create an aura of mysticism. The modern
styles take the entire set to higher realms.
For guitar lovers, this CD is vital! For music lovers, it is worthy!