CD REVIEW: GRAHAM GREENE – The Guitar Vinci Code EP
Reviewed by Shane Pinnegar
Never shy of a witty pun, West Australian maestro guitarist Graham Greene has named his new musical baby The Guitar Vinci Code. It’s a pithy, quirky title – but it has a deeper meaning: few have unravelled the secrets of not only playing the guitar, but also the composition of guitar instrumentals that stand as full blown songs unto themselves, rather than mere vehicles for plank wanking or exercises in pointless dexterity.
The Guitar Vinci Code features six tracks, each one a work of art. Greene has the rare ability to write songs which alter the listener’s mood, taking them to a higher plane.
It sounds like hyperbole – but you just try lying down comfortable, closing your eyes, and see and feel where this music takes you. You’ll soar ecstatically on high, feel intrigue and adventure, and be left uplifted.
Flight of the Kelpies has a distinctive Celtic bent to it; Raven’s Eye Pt 2 and Petra remind us why he has been referred to as “the Satriani of the south”; the title track sees him exploring a similar territory to Steve Vai’s Passion & Warfare album; and The Odd Dervish could probably be played equally successfully on lutes.
It’s the final track that stands out – even in such esteemed company. Trail Of Dreams is a mini-movie, an epic and emotional journey in three movements that could be a masterclass for what instrumental guitar music should sound like.
There aren’t many people whose work unfailingly makes the world a more beautiful place. Bravo, maestro, on a stunning piece of work.
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