Absolutely. When I compose, the bar is raised quite naturally due to the inspiration and compositional sophistication of those chosen pieces. It’s really important that that my pieces attain a high level of aesthetic.
There was a definite emotional desire to immerse myself in the thought of reaching the heart with melody, the same way certain Italian operatic melodies affect the listener. In both of those pieces, I imagined a great vocalist in the classical world singing.
Between my own pieces, Piazzolla’s, and Parodi’s, the satisfaction of the blending of compositional factors—the harmonic, melodic, and rhythmic richness—along with the emotional human connection, means a hell of a lot more than loud fusion to me! And the emotion isn’t at the expense of challenging technique. It goes right along with the technical playing, and that’s the most exciting thing in the world.
A second guitar is very important to play the more interesting arpeggiated written parts. It serves as a needed accompanist within the compositions. Accordion was my first instrument and, when played by an amazing instrumentalist like Fausto Beccalossi, its sound can automatically produce aural images of places, people, joy, and pain quite beautifully. I’m most proud of the high level of interplay between myself and Fausto on these performances.
No, I didn’t. But in 1977, when Paco and I recorded it for my Elegant Gypsy album, we knew that it was a magical one-time performance. After the first take, Paco needed to relax, so he smoked a joint and the second take was the one. The rest is history. We were blown away, as was everyone in the control room. There were not many moments like that in my career!
Allman Brothers Band To Release 8-CD Set "The Fox Box" with Oteil Burbridge
TWA Releases the DM-02 Dynamorph Envelope-Controlled Harmonic Generator
Peter Hook & The Light To Release Four Live Albums
Video: Mixvibes RemixLive 3.0 Brings Finger Drumming to Android
Drag-and-Drop Sound Effects from the Cloud to Your Projects with Soundly
Magix Music Maker DAW is now FREE
DISCOVERY – Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
How To: Chaos Rules
Review: Roli Blocks
Prisma Accardo: A Boutique Beauty Built from Hard Rock Maple Skate Decks
Watch Chuck Berry Rock the Grammys with Stevie Ray Vaughan and George Thorogood
Line 6 Introduces Echo Farm 3.0 64-Bit AAX Native Plug-In
Exclusive: Interview with Northlane Guitarist Josh Smith on Surprise Album Release, 'Mesmer'
Art of Anarchy's Next Chapter Begins with New Album, 'The Madness'
Terror Premiere New Song and Music Video, "Kill 'Em Off"
Deconstructing Jimi Hendrix’s “Manic Depression” Riff
Just Sign Here: The Art of Protecting Yourself As a Musician
Exploring the Diminished Scale with Alex Skolnick
Copyright ©2017 by NewBay Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved. 28 East 28th Street, 12th floor, New York, NY 10016 T (212) 378-0400 F (212) 378-0470