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The Guitar Album

by David Gerard

As the name implies, "The Guitar Album" is Gerard's first album of guitar-based compositions, and a loving tribute to the composer's favorite guitar heroes, from Will Ackerman to John Fahey to MIchael Hedges and more
Genre: Jazz: Avant-Garde Jazz
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1. Ackerman
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2. As Breathless As Summer
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3. The Oracle In the Field
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4. Fahey
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5. Vaguely Disconnected
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6. Suite For Three Guitars
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7. Pelagic
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8. Path to Valhalla
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9. The Temporal Nature of Things
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10. A Prelude to Winter
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Album Notes
David Gerard: played acoustic, electric, sampled and virtual guitars, e-bow
Recorded and mixed at Studio Ten: Lynn, MA & Travelodge: Portland, ME

I have always been captivated by the unique sound a guitar makes, whether acoustic or electric, or both. I remember classical guitar lessons taken in high school, and rock guitar classes taken in college. While, as a composer, I found the keyboard to be a more practical instrument, especially given my interest in minimalism and electronic meditations, I longed to create an album of guitar-based compositions, and I am proud to say, that moment has finally arrived. Let me state right from the outset that this album is both a labor of love and a heartfelt tribute to the guitarists whose music has both moved my spirit and provoked my creative muse - specifically, the work of William Ackerman, Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Al DiMeola, Stanley Jordan, John McLaughlin, Robert Fripp, Daniel Lanois, John Williams, Liona Boyd, John McGeoch and Bill Nelson. I also owe a huge debt of gratitude to my short-lived but enormously satisfying friendship with the late Jaco Pastorius: some might be surprised to learn that in many ways, Jaco mentored me as a composer and performer - when I lamented my lack of virtuosity or regretted not making it into Julliard, he was the first to tell me "F--- that! You can hear the music in your head, can't you? Do you know how to express that and make your voice heard? Then you're a f---ing musician, end of story." Even now, when plagued by the occasional nagging of my own insecurity, Jaco's words ring in my ear, and slap me back to a humble assessment of my gift. I hope he is listening from the great beyond, as I know he would have been very supportive of this project, and I felt his approval shining down on me throughout the 20 plus years it took to finally make that wish come true - I humbly dedicate this album to you, brother. Godspeed.
David Gerard
Portland, Maine
Summer 2010

Gear: Fender, Yamaha and Gibson guitars, Native Instruments Kore and Kontakt players, Native Instruments Guitar Rig 4, Nugen Audio Stereoizer 3, Shure condenser microphones, Roland CDX-1 multitrack, Ableton Live 8 digital audio workstation, Toshiba Satellite laptop, Apple Mac mini desktop, IK Multimedia Amplitube, iZotope Ozone 4, Brainworx Cleansweep audio filter

This album is humbly dedicated to Jaco Pastorius and Michael Hedges.

Guitar technician in Portland, ME: Thom Abernathy


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