Orhan Demir

Guitar Plus

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A fine guitarist living in Canada who was born in Turkey, Orhan Demir has a distinctive sound and a fresh improvising style. Joined by bassist Neil Swainson and drummer Barry Elmes, Demir interprets 14 of his originals. Guitar Plus differs from Demir's previous recordings for his Hittite label in the "Plus" part for he often utilizes the guitar synthesizer. In fact, most of the selections have Demir getting a different sound out of his synth, which comes close to sounding like a trumpet on "Heavy Mental." Some of the tones are more appealing than others (a couple of the pieces are difficult to listen to) with the results ranging from stimulating mood music to speedy romps. Although not as significant as Demir's best dates, Guitar Plus has its moments of interest and does feature fine playing throughout.

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