Ralph Towner is globally renowned as a classical and 12-string guitar virtuoso, but he would rather be known as an aural novelist. His compositional bent leans toward narratives that communicate distinct points of view and movement. Towner’s new solo guitar CD Time Line is a testament to that approach. From the slow-burning balladry of “Always By Your Side” to the haunting, yet fiery “The Hollows” to the emotionally mercurial vignettes comprising the “Five Glimpses” suite, the album’s 12 pieces explore a diverse palette. Several of these tunes are transcribed in Towner’s new book, Solo Guitar Works Volume 2 [GSP].