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Le Son du Grisli review by Pierre Cécile

CFG006I Never Meta Guitar Two – Solo Guitars for the XXI Century (CFG 006)
Après un premier volume pas mal tourné vers le jazz ou assimilé (avec Jeff Parker, Mary Halvorson, Noël Akchoté, Jean-François Pauvros…), ce qui est en passe de devenir une série, I Never Metaguitar, parie sur des « guitarists for the 21st Century » un peu plus franc-tireur. Si on ne sait pas s’ils sont tous en mesure de réinventer le jeu à l’instrument, ils démontrent en tout cas d’une envie plutôt iconoclaste.

Toujours concoctée par Elliott Sharp, la sélection de solos est comme attendue éclectique : post-folk (Manuel Mota, Steve Cardenas), bruistisme électrique (Ava Mendoza,Yasuhiro Usui, Shouwang Zang), minimalisme (Ben Tyree à la guitare classique fait une forte impression), atmosphérique (Joel Harrison au bottleneck non moins intéressant), voilà pour les « meilleurs ». Enfin il y a les individualistes d’hier qui en ont encore sous la pédale, comme Alan Licht et David Grubbs. Audn l’un déploie un jeu à la structure claire bousculée par le feedback, l’autre s’empare d’une guitare classique pour en pincer les cordes et inventer un bel instrumental minimalow-fi. Bref, de quoi ne pas passer à côté d’une compilation qui nous fait espérer que la série ne s’arrête pas en si bon chemin.

All About Jazz review by Mark Corroto

CFG 006Various – I Never Meta Guitar Too (CFG 006)
Ladies and gentlemen, the current state of the guitar in modern creative music is sound. Pun aside, adventurous listeners are always searching for the next “new thing” in music. Thankfully here, guitarist Elliott Sharp acts, once again, as a musical prospector. His previous I Never Meta Guitar (Solo Guitars For The XXI Century) (Clean Feed, 2010) featured familiar players like Henry Kaiser, Brandon Ross, Jeff Parker, and Noel Akchoté, and introduced new superstars including Nels Cline, Mary Halvorson, and Raoul Bjorkenheim. He also included some overlooked talents.

Sharp returns here with sixteen new players—some familiar names and other revelations. These astute collections are guidebooks for the unfamiliar and hunters of the new.

He sprinkles the traditional sound of Ben Tyree’s classically influenced, acoustic “The Gatekeeper,” Steve Cardenas’ operatic acoustic sounds on “Aerial,” and Joel Harrison’s blues-tinged ghost music of “Loon,” alongside the slash and burn of Yasuhiro Isui’s “Headland” and Italian Downtown favorite Marco Cappelli’s “Sits At the Other Side Of The Table.”

Those unfamiliar with the extensive catalog of David Grubbs will find his “Weird Salutation” a meditative acoustic wandering, while Hans Tammen applies his guitar to a software program for some exceptionally curious music-making.

Each piece is an invitation to expand one’s ears in any direction deemed desirable.

Let the journey begin.

Free Jazz review by Stef Gissels

CFG 006Various – I Never Meta Guitar Too (solo guitars for the XXI Century) (CFG 006)

If you’re looking for a great starting place for understanding what a guitar is, then I’ve got an just the album for you. Actually two. Clean Feed’s ‘I Never Meta Guitar’ and now  ‘I Never Meta Guitar Too’  is an aptly titled clever play on words.

It’s not an instructional CD/DVD, nor is it a text book, but it kind of is actually both those things. Imagine hearing everything a guitar is, in the hands of musicians who really have dedicated their careers to redefining where the instrument begins and ends…

… like Ava Mendoza whose fuzzed out shards of sound pile up over a solid little baseline loop on ‘Mandible Moonwalk’. Or Ben Tyree who sonorous acoustic guitar moves sumptuously in an accessibly beautiful arc on ‘The Gatekeeper’. And then there is Yasuhiro Usui gives us a head scratcher on ‘Headland’, moving between forays into noise, chaotic fretting, spacey textures and melodic snippets.

Each piece is different, exploring and pushing the boundaries of the instrument. Joel Harrison creates a whole world of sound and acoustic textures on ‘Loon,’ while Zach Layton lays down an evocative and slowly expanding soundscape with his electric guitar and looping tools on ‘Thus Gone,’ creating a sonic temple of reverb.

I Never Meta Guitar Too is a continuation of curator Elliot Sharp’s work to bring both known and emerging artists work together. The pieces are all created by the artists and reflect a huge swath of what is possible with a single guitar (though not necessarily a single voice).