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Dancing For Chicken
Artist: Steve Lawson
Label: Pillow Mountain Records
Tracks: 13/ 67:54
This is the third release from Steve Lawson on Pillow Mountain Records, it is also his third time hitting the ball out of the park for a home run. For those of you among the uninitiated who are unfamiliar with young Mr. Lawson think of it like this. Take the playing expertise of Phil Keaggy mix in a healthy dose of the solo work of Robert Fripp and transfer that to a six string fretless bass guitar. What you have as a result of the best of both is a gentleman known as Steve Lawson. As the album liner notes declare "there are no synths or midi-triggered sounds here at all - it's all electric bass, processed and looped in real time." Even with this knowledge in mind I am absolutely amazed at the sounds that are coming out of my speakers as I sit down to write this review.
Steve's first offering was
a live in concert solo bass album, his second was a set of improvisational
pieces with digital pianist Jez Carr. This his third, is also a live album,
but it was recorded in the studio without an audience to get a cleaner
feel to the overall project. All of
Chris MacIntosh aka Grandfather Rock 12/21/2002