Guitar Reviews by Tony Cook

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  1. Beyond the Missouri Sky by Pat Metheny ·
    I like Pat Metheney, but the clincher for me is Charlie Haden's impeccable acoustic bass. The opening cut is "Waltz for Ruth", a Haden composition which has become one of my favorite songs of any genre. Indescribably beautiful music.
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 10/11/2000 by Tony Cook (2424)
  2. 6 and 12 String Guitar by Leo Kottke ·
    An amazing guitarist- his right hand technique is frightening. This work rates near the top of his catalog (20+ albums and still going).
    Recordings: Acoustic/Folk · Posted: 10/11/2000 by Tony Cook (2424)
  3. Scenes from a Memory by Dream Theater ·
    I saw DT in Atlanta last year. They came out and played THE ENTIRE ALBUM live. I will never be the same.
    Recordings: Metal · Posted: 10/11/2000 by Tony Cook (2424)
  4. Jazz Improv ·
    This is a great magazine for fans of jazz and musicians alike. Each issue has ~200 pages with a full-length sampler CD included. There are interviews with contemporary artists, features on jazz legends, and ~100 CD reviews every issue. Also, ...(more)
    Books/Tab: Jazz · Posted: 7/6/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  5. Guitar Player ·
    This is my favorite of the "flavor of the month" Guitar Magazines. They are NOT a song transcription magazine, which to me is a relief. Magazines that focus on transcriptions tend to leave little room for other important topics, IMHO. Anyway...(more)
    Other: Magazines · Posted: 8/2/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  6. Jazz Guitar Jamming by Chris Amelar ·
    A like the overall concept behind the play-along tracks. I don't know how the "Jammin" series compares to Jam Trax. The recordings are cool, with a real band comping and playing off each other. The book is okay for learning the chord changes....(more)
    Books/Tab: Jazz · Posted: 8/7/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  7. Vital Tech Tones by Vital Tech Tones ·
    I got this disk because Victor Wooten was on it. After listening to about 1/3 of it, I thought: "Who the hell is this guitar player?". Yes, I must sadly admit that I didn't discover Scott Henderson until this CD. Now, I'm a huge Henderson fan...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 8/2/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  8. VTT2 by Vital Tech Tones ·
    A sequel on par with the original! How often do you get that?
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 8/2/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  9. Strong Persuader by Robert Cray ·
    I love every song on this record. Cray plays solos that you can sing, and writes lyrics and musical hooks that stick in your mind. I have several other Cray records, and I don't think he ever matched this one: snappy, feel-good (and sometimes ...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 8/2/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  10. Paris And London, Vol. 2, 1937-1948 by Django Reinhardt ·
    Well, I stumbled upon this box at my local record store, and I couldn't pass it up for $20. I'm relatively new to Django, so to me, this set serves as an extensive introduction to his music. I think the sound quality is excellent for 50 year o...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 8/2/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  11. Cruisin' Dueces by Danny Gatton ·
    This was my first Gatton CD. I bought it shortly after seeing Danny on <i>Austin City Limits</i> and wondering why I'd never heard of him before. About half of the songs are instrumental, stylistically jumping all over the place. The songs wi...(more)
    Recordings: Other · Posted: 8/3/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  12. Portraits by Danny Gatton ·
    "Portraits" is a nice sampler of Gatton's work- but it's way too short. If you're only going to get one of Gatton's works, it's a good choice. Odds are, once you get it, you'll want more.
    Recordings: Other · Posted: 8/3/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  13. Bring 'Em Back Alive by Dixie Dregs ·
    I'll start off by saying I'm not the biggest Steve Morse fan, although I do like his playing. This live set, with his band, the Dixie Dregs, is nothing short of phenomenal. Morse's playing is stellar throughout, and the rest of the band is on ...(more)
    Recordings: Other · Posted: 8/3/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  14. Ready... Set... Shango! by Charlie Hunter (Quartet) ·
    There are a lot of guitar players who play bass lines and melody lines simultaneously. Charlie Hunter is unique, though, in several respescts. With his custom 8 string guitar (3 bass, 5 treble strings), he sounds like a bass player, an organ p...(more)
    Recordings: Jazz · Posted: 8/7/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  15. Engines of Creation by Joe Satriani ·
    As everyone has stated, this disc is a pretty big departure for Joe. I appreciate the fact that he would take a chance and try something different. Still, the whole electronica/whateverica thing has never really appealed to me. I also think t...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 8/8/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  16. Killer by Alice Cooper ·
    "Halo of Flies" has to be one of the greatest rock songs ever written. This disc rules!
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 8/8/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  17. Whatever And Ever Amen by Ben Folds Five ·
    Hey! Where's the guitar player? Who cares? This is a killer CD with great playing all around. The music is an amalgam of several styles: jazz, rock, honky-tonk. What makes the package complete are the angry lyrical statements that Ben deliv...(more)
    Recordings: Rock/Pop · Posted: 8/8/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  18. God Shuffled His Feet by Crash Test Dummies ·
    This album grabbed me within the first few seconds of the first (and title) cut. The music is beautiful throughout, orchestrated, but not over-produced. Some people may complain about Brad Roberts' voice, but to me, it fits in perfectly on thi...(more)
    Recordings: Alternative · Posted: 8/8/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  19. Incredible Jazz Guitar by Wes Montgomery ·
    This CD contains four Montgomery originals, as well as Sonny Rollins' "Airegin", and Brubeck's "In Your Own Sweet Way". The bass and drums are tight and swinging, and Tommy Flanagan comps nicely, as well as throwing in an occasional solo. This...(more)
    Recordings: Blues · Posted: 8/9/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)
  20. Plaid by Blues Saraceno ·
    Saraceno burns on this record. Lots of uptempo rockers- not much in the way of ballads. The songs groove, though, with enough stylistic deviation to avoid monotony. Saraceno is an incredible rhythm player, too. Every song is tight, and when ...(more)
    Recordings: Other · Posted: 9/13/2001 by Tony Cook (2424)