Anatomy of a Wish

Jon Durant

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Anatomy of a Wish Review

by John W. Patterson

Anatomy of a Wish continues the fine discography Jon Durant has offered of otherworldly guitar textures and haunting dreamscapes. Durant's slick guitar wizardry and multifaceted effects are the backgrounds for trance and shifting inner worlds -- each piece alive with deep imagination and undisputed creative vision. Durant excels on guitar, cloud guitar, and his usual array of amazing sonic manipulations. He is firmly established now as one of the reigning masters of what might be called "infinitely manipulated atmospheric guitar effects." Once again, listeners hear the excellent playing of Tony Levin on bass, Stick, and electric upright bass. Michael Manring guests on bass on one song. Multi-timbred rhythm master Vinny Sabatino defines and pushes along the delightfully amorphous guitar creations of Durant. David Torn, Michael Brook, and Terje Rypdal fans should note that this Durant guy sounds like he is going to soon eclipse these fine artists with his continuing excellence. Anatomy of a Wish is flawless and sets a standard to be defined by. Nine tracks of brilliance and vision offer trips lasting anywhere from less than two minutes up to nearly 13 minutes, so come on and visit the Durant zone. The title track is superb; hopefully someday soon Durant will fill a complete 70-plus minute CD with wonders such as the track "Anatomy of a Wish."

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