Jim Ferguson | Moonstone

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Moonstone

by Jim Ferguson

At times dreamy and exotic, this masterful collection of original solo guitar music melds classical, jazz, and world elements into a transporting listening experience that visits many places, both past and present.
Genre: Classical: New Age
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1. Prelude
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2. Before Six
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3. Leo's Blues
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4. Chuck's Waltz
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5. Lady Di
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6. March
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7. Night
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8. Encounter
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9. Sumi Dance
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10. Cirque Du Soul
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11. Moonstone
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12. Study 1
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13. Study 2
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14. Study 3
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15. Study 4
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16. Study 5
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17. Study 6
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Described by Just Jazz Guitar Magazine as “a wonderful composer and a multi-faceted virtuoso guitar player,” Jim Ferguson is the author of several acclaimed jazz guitar instruction books, including All Blues For Jazz Guitar and All Blues Soloing For Jazz Guitar.
A former editor of Guitar Player Magazine, Jim is profiled in Maurice J. Summerfield’s The Jazz Guitar—Its Evolution, Its Players and Personalities Since 1900. He also penned the column Fundamental Perspectives for Great Britain's Classical Guitar Magazine and is the editor of a series of books issued by Guitar Solo Publications and devoted to studies by Leo Brouwer, Fernando Sor, and Mateo Carcassi. In 1994 he was nominated for a Grammy Award for annotating Fantasy Records’ 12-CD set Wes Montgomery: The Complete Riverside Recordings. Released in 2004, Cedar & Silver—Jim’s first solo recording—features his own compositions, which reflect world, jazz, classical, and other influences.
Jim resides in Santa Cruz, California. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from Mills College in Oakland, California, where he wrote his thesis on the composition Segoviana by Darius Milhaud.


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Diane Haggerty

Ferguson's Moonstone: a rare gem!
Definitely a rare gem, and that's not just a play on words. It's hard to find a good album that's purely solo guitar, especially all original pieces, played fingerstyle (no pic) by a real guitar master. My personal favorites on Moonstone are the title track (a fantastic piece, and over 9 min. long), Night and Encounter from the Spartan Suite, Study Number 6, and Prelude from the Latin American Reflections. All the pieces are excellent, and unique, and it's amazing how he can get the guitar to sound so different on different pieces to convey a certain style or mood -- for example in Moonstone, the guitar sounds like an Indian instrument, whereas in Sumi Dance, it sounds like an Asian instrument. The album Moonstone has a freshness and aliveness to it, and a lot of feeling and depth. I think anyone who likes solo acoustic guitar music will love this album.