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Workshop

by Joop Wolters

Finally available is the first solo recording by European guitarist (he's lived in several countries, including Germany and Belgium) Joop Wolters. Simply called Workshop, the recording shows his guitar and songwriting skills developing throughout the year
Genre: Metal/Punk: Instrumental Metal
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1. Tibet
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2. Funk it Up
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3. Cross My Heart
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4. I Don't Know
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5. Headstart
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6. Prelude to Comfort
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7. Syntology
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8. Endless Love
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9. Flamoore
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Finally available is the first solo recording by European guitarist (he's lived in several countries, including Germany and Belgium) Joop Wolters. Simply called Workshop, the recording shows his guitar and songwriting skills developing throughout the year he spent recording it. Capturing various styles and moods, the nine instrumental songs switch from funky rhythms to full-blown, pedal-to-the-metal rock, Workshop has it all. The opening track, "Tibet" is reminiscent of early Jason Becker and Marty Friedman Shrapnel-era metal tracks, while the remainder of the CD mines a more hard rock vein. Be sure to also catch Wolters on some of the tribute CDs being readied for a 2003 release.


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Mikolaj Furmankiewicz

Joop Wolters - Workshop
Mr. Wolters, although lived in Germany and Belgium, is a native Dutchman. He started playing the guitar when he was 15 and still does the same. I doubt that Polish fans can know him from his solo activity. They rather remember Joop from his playing in Shadrane, Vivien Lalu's and Hubi Meisel's bands. Completely another situation is in Benelux, where Wolters is known and highly valued as an instrumentalist of Elysion (released one album "The Wonder Years" in 1998), aRABESQUE (3 CDs and MCD) and Fussily. Joop invited to the studio two colleagues from the ladder group, I mean Thijs Cuppen and Nathan van der Wouw (also Lemur Voice). The material was composed just in 1998, but we had to wait five years for official releasing. I am very pleased with Joop's music, because it is far from conventional musical patterns. "Tibet" is, stilistically, similar to Asian elements of Marty Friedman's "True Obsessions" and "Music For Speeding", but "Workshop" is, as a whole, a funky album. Funky, as an expressive style of jazz, has its roots in early blues and church music as well. But, listening to "Funk It Up" and "Flamoose", you will be convinced that it isn't any gospel. As far as "Flamoose" is concerned, Joop proves that he mastered guitar as well as bass techniques. Jazzy improvisations including progressive "climate" are easily picked out in "Headstart" and "Prelude For Comfort". I mostly liked calm and melodious tracks in the front of "Syntology", "Cross My Heart" and "Endless Love", in which Wolters created musical "landscape" of multicoloured tones. I won't deceive anybody. That CD is directed to narrow group of listeners. As a matter of fact, here aren't fast guitar shows or technically difficult gambits, but understanding of musical contents requires many listenings. Therefore, in the first place, I advise you to listen to Joey Tafolla's "Infra-Blue" and "Plastic" along with Rob Johnson's "Guitarchitecture", and next to "Workshop".

donald marr

this is nice,
very well done, i liked this one a lot, keep up the good work.