Richard Gilewitz | The Music of David Walbert

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The Music of David Walbert

by Richard Gilewitz

Contemporary classical steel at its best with pure acoustic guitar instrumental masterpieces. Twelve cut CD of entire works of composer David Walbert, including impressions of Nerja Spain.
Genre: Classical: Contemporary
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1. Dance
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2. Lullaby
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3. Improv.
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4. Em Piece
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5. Study for Margot
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6. Prelude
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7. Tremolo Piece
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8. E Piece
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9. Film Piece
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10. Prelude No.2
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11. I Am Eaten By Sharks
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12. Nocturne
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Most players are happy to credit their mentors at every opportunity, but acoustic fingerstylist Richard Gilewitz may have fashioned the ultimate tribute." Guitar Player Magazine.

Those of you familiar with Richard Gilewitz no doubt will be eager to listen to this latest project. The 4-page liner notes give you a brief insight as to the importance of these twelve pieces for guitar. Until now, only a few selections have been recorded by David Walbert and Richard. Fans have sampled some of Walbert's writings on previous Gilewitz recordings and all of these have been re-recorded.

Now as tribute to his teacher, friend, and mentor, Richard performs the entire works of David Walbert. No overdubs--just Richard on guitar. This is a 12-song CD of acoustic guitar at its finest! Included are favorites such as "Dance", "Prelude", "Study (for Margot)" and "Prelude No. 2", as well as never recorded pieces such as "Em Piece", " I Am Eaten By Sharks", "Tremolo Piece", "E Piece", and "Nocturne". Without this effort, a whole generation would have lost the experience of hearing such complex and beautiful pieces in their entirety. Richard's approach to Walbert's music is humble and respectful, giving it the clarity and restraint it deserves. The Music of David Walbert is "classical steel" at its best.


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Mark O'Donnell

From the first moment, you can hear the classical guitar elements, but with the
The true disciples of John Fahey share several traits: a sense of eclecticism and adventure, a droll sense of humor, a thirst for musical depth and variety, and a great willingness to take chances in the name of their art. Frankly, there are not many who meet these qualifications in the measure required. Many are called, but few return the call. One of those few is Richard Gilewitz, who, in the past, has drawn with great success from the Fahey and Kottke well, notably on his previous and quite fine disc Synapse Collapse. His third and latest disc, The Music of David Walbert, ventures further afield as he draws from the work of his teacher and friend, Mr. Walbert, to create a new musical path for himself… and us.

Walbert, a fourth generation musician and composer from the southeast, is a classical guitarist who has played with symphonies both in the U.S. and abroad. All of that sounds well enough, but here is where we get to the part about adventure, depth and variety. Gilewitz, as one might expect given the previous references to Fahey, does not play classical guitar, at least not on record. No, Richard Gilewitz plays in the proud tradition of the six and twelve string guitar, steel strings that is. "Wires," as Doc Watson calls them. Whatever you want to call them, they are a far cry from the gut or nylon strings of the classical guitarist. On this recording, Gilewitz takes Walbert's tunes, all composed for the classical guitar and translates them to the steel string guitar. What, you may ask, is the big deal? For starters, the style, feel, approach, and technique are very different between classical and steel string guitars. Think about it, how many times have you seen someone go between classical and steel string guitars on stage, much less on record. It is rare. They are different beasts. At one level, then, we have an interesting parlor trick. And the next level?

From the first moment, you can hear the classical guitar elements, but with the added sonority of steel strings. The clarity of tone (not muted as the classical tone would be) allows the music to sing and sustain in a way that you simply would not hear otherwise. On Dance and E Piece, the first and eighth numbers, classical techniques are apparent, combined with some harmonic elements that cannot be played on a classical guitar, making both pieces memorable. The second piece, Lullabye, might well have been played by Duane Allman in another life. It swings. Walbert has said that Gilewitz is the only person or student he has ever seen who can smile while playing in a minor key. You get the sense of what he might mean in Em Piece where a certain melancholy is followed by something which might be called impish. Both Song for Margot, a piece for the composer's wife, and Tremolo Piece have a flamenco flavor owing to Gilewitz's application of related picking techniques. On the other hand, a French Impressionist might have composed Prelude and Prelude No. 2. Walbert, like his student, Gilewitz, is nothing if not diverse and eclectic. The title of I Am Eaten by Sharks implies that Gilewitz is not the only one who has an admiration for Kottke. The opening of the piece has that 12-string beat that the man from Minnesota is known for. The final piece, Nocturn, sees a bass signature underlying a haunting melody. Generally, these are quite short pieces, but Gilewitz (and Walbert) bring so much to the material that multiple listenings will be rewarded with revelations both small and large.

Clearly, one of the objectives that Richard Gilewitz has here is to honor and provide further recognition to Walbert. He succeeds in that upon hearing this disc, you very much want to hear how Walbert himself might present these pieces on classical guitar. One can only hope that his now out of date recording of these pieces will be reissued soon. Perhaps the next challenge for Gilewitz is to take some of his steel string compositions and translate them for classical guitar. This is third disc that Richard Gilewitz has made (and the third to have included a Walbert tune or two). One can only hope that there will be many more from both of these artists.

Songs:
Dance
Lullabye
Improv.
Em Piece
Study for Margot
Prelude
Tremolo Piece
E Piece
Film Piece
Prelude No. 2
I Am Eaten by Sharks
Nocturne

Time: 32:17

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark O'Donnell)

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)


Copyright 2003, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

Rich LaPenna WSLR 96.5

beautiful fingerstyle guitar music
This wonderful fingerstyle guitar CD is truly beautiful and one of the best CD's that I've heard in a long time. The compositions are extraordinary and Richard's guitar wizardry is flawless.....
Rich LaPenna WSLR 96.5 LPFM Sarasota, the "aerial boundaries show"