Tom Boram

Guitar Heroics, Volume Zero

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One of the hallmarks of guitarist Tom Boram's playing in public is his outrageous sense of humor; his improvisations are as much performance art as anything else. Unfortunately, that aspect of his work is necessarily missing from this solo recording. Instead, the listener is treated to an extended, totally improvised piece for "unprocessed amplified 12-string guitar." All sense of melody is missing, but Boram impresses with his relaxed, non-stop acoustic sound and endless flow of ideas. Repetition and permutation meld with a singular sense of time to somehow sustain interest for the full length of this relatively short (45:31) CD. Boram never tries to impress; rather, he creates miniature worlds of invention that form a mostly consistent whole. The last quarter of the piece abruptly changes to static rumbling, void of rhythmic interest.