Monthly Archives: March 2014

GUITAR HEAVEN

The guitar world was all abuzz when news broke of a once in a decade guitar auction.

To a guitar player the vintage guitar1names say it all; Martin, Gibson, D’Angelico, Ramirez, Torres and Epiphone. Not since Eric Clapton put his incredible collection on the block a few years ago has such a marvelous group of classical, parlor, folk, country, flamenco and jazz guitars been made available. Word is, it’s an anonymous private collection of two hundred and sixty-five magnificent instruments. They were hand picked over the years and tucked away in storage. The man really had exquisite taste in handcrafted guitars. They are beautiful to look at, wonderful to play and of historical importance. It’s a breath taking wish list of guitars all under one roof. In many ways it’s a shame that this magnificent set is being broken up YET these are gorgeous sounding instruments not music boxes or paintings. They were indeed built by some of the very finest luthiers over the last three centuries and meant to be played and enjoyed not hidden like a trophy in some closet.

So, how much will these beauties be going for? My guess is, somewhere between a luxury car and a very nice condo ($50-$500K). You can peek at the collection that guitarists around the world are drooling over.

Here’s the video by Gurnsey’s Auction House in NYC:

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BLUEGRASS BACH

I’ve been wearing out a delightful new find these last few months from mandolinist Chris Thiele.  Chris is one of the young turks in the acoustic/Americana/bluegrass world.  Between the Punch Brothers, Nickelcreek and the Goat Rodeo Sessions he’s been on quite a tear.

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Now he has wowed us with classical readings of J. S. Bach pieces that just soar. So, is this surprise on Nonesuch called “Bach Vol.1” because he’s been touring and recording with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer?  Well, sort of.  He actually dedicates this delicious, precise, and pure solo mandolin release of Bach partitas and sonatas to an aunt and both of his grandmothers who nudged him towards classical and the world of the great Johann Sebastian Bach.  These violin pieces (same tuning as a mandolin) swing on Chris’ mandolin yet there’s an intimacy that’s just plain beautiful.Anyone who blurs genre lines is A-OK by me.

 

Check out the video and his Bach chops:

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