Guitarist/composer David Pritchard, known for creating hypnotic musical tapestries and soundscapes for multiple acoustic guitars, began his career as an electric guitarist playing with the Gary Burton Quartet at the age of 20. He was also co-founder of the pioneering jazz/rock group “Contraband” that recorded for Epic Records. Later he recorded two LP's as a leader for Inner City Records featuring jazz greats Freddie Hubbard and Patrice Rushen.
Just prior to beginning his acoustic explorations, in 1981 he recorded “Metal Roads,” an exciting example of jazz fusion chamber music with some of LA’s top players, including the late Lynn Blessing on vibes, Rich Eames, piano and synthesizer, Steve Anderson, electric bass, and Michael Jochum, drums.
The roots of Pritchard’s acoustic explorations are clearly heard in “Metal Roads.” These include use of counterpoint, odd meters and polyrhythms as well as the influence of minimalist pioneers Reich and Glass. These influences, combined with contemporary jazz improvisation, give “Metal Roads” a unique timeless quality.
JAZZIZ magazine review: In 1981, guitarist David Pritchard and his quintet recorded the melodically rich tracks that make up the album "Metal Roads." Soon after, Pritchard moved away from fusion toward an acoustic sound, and the album remained on the shelf until finally being released in 2010. Pritchard continues to record new projects--including 2008's "Vertical Eden"--and has performed with the likes of Gary Burton and Freddie Hubbard, but remains somewhat obscure. Listeners might wonder if that would have been the case had the revelatory "Metal Roads" been released at the time. Multi-tracking electric, acoustic, and classical guitars, Pritchard led an excellent ensemble--vibraphonist Lynn Blessing, pianist/keyboardist Rich Eames, bassist Steve Anderson and drummer Michael Jochum--through his bright and layered compositions. On the moody solo showcase "Spiral," included here, Pritchard provides a taste of his acoustic brilliance.