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Peppino D'Agostino

Penumbra

Review by Gary Hill

Reviewing an album of acoustic guitar solo piece isn’t the easiest thing to do. Well, an overall review isn’t tough, but for track by track reviews it can get a little sticky. This set moves between classical, rocking, folk, jazz and more. It never feels tired or redundant. Given the lack of variety in terms of instruments, that’s impressive.

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Track by Track Review
Penumbra

Intricate and energized, this is not delicate. It’s a real rocker, but without amplification. It might be acoustic guitar, but this is not wimpy or restful music. It leans toward classical, but really is a rock tune in my mind. It has a lot in common with California Guitar Trio, really.

Movimenti Sincronici
Folk and classical music seem to merge on this. It’s still quite energetic.
Peppino Sotto Portico
This intricate piece is very much a jazz number.
Valse des anges
There is a lot of jazz on this piece, but also it makes me think of some of Steve Howe’s folk based acoustic guitar solos.
Una Serata a North Beach
A much more classical piece, this is mellower than some of the rest.
Irican
I’m again reminded of Steve Howe on this energetic acoustic guitar workout.
Incantation
This is mellow and quite relaxing.        
MB Love
Fast paced folk music styled picking is the concept on this. 
Jamie's Smile
Again, Steve Howe comes to mind here.
Sergio
This one is much more aligned with classical music.     
Smiling at Each Other
Another that’s very classical in nature, this is mellow and pretty.
The Blue Ocean

The closing piece falls closer to the folk music end of the spectrum.

 
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