I've tried to keep the content on this blog limited to the best of the best in any genre. (with the occasional arguable slips - I do not consider "For Christian Wolff" to be the strongest work by Feldman, for instance)
there has also been a few gems of such rare brilliance that they out-shine the (relatively) mere excellent, the garden-variety of amazing... this post is one of these.
Rod Poole came to Los Angeles from England, and has developed a unique and breathtaking style of solo guitar improvisation. the word may actually be misleading here because this is not what Derek Bailey meant by improvisation - the reinvention of each phrase and line - but rather something much more structured, rhythmically even, and meticulously assembled -- flawless and almost overwhelming due to the grandiose scale of these hour long pieces yet seemingly effortless in its perfectly fluid execution... not much of a stretch to compare this music to such dizzying manifestations of the divine as Islamic architecture.
a must for not only enthusiasts of micro-tonal music, this is the kind of thing that, like Vermeer's 36 paintings, will likely stay almost entirely ignored by the world but will be discovered in a few hundred years time and upheld as the pinnacle of artistic achievement.
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