Ladi Geisler

Guitar a la Carte, Vol. 1

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It's not really surprising that it took until 1968 for guitar wizard Ladi Geisler to release his first solo album; for his entire career he has been quietly in the supporting cast, capably and anonymously providing stellar support for dozens of German artists and bandleaders. Guitar a la Carte finds Geisler exploring popular and lesser-known Latin tunes, from such standards as "Malaguena" and "Spanish Flea" to lesser-known pieces by Waldir Azevedo and Milton Nascimento. Rich in detailing and texture, Geisler's performances are fluid, dynamic, and creative; the arrangements constantly serving up little surprises, a fuzzbox solo on "Malaguena," a Django-esque fill on "Spanish Flea," and so on; with old pal Horst Wende providing melodic support on marimbas, piano, and organ. This is a lovely record that should be heard by guitar fans of Chet Atkins, Tommy Emmanuel, or Les Paul, for example, and will be a welcome addition to any easy listening collection.

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