Phil Keaggy

On the Fly

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The name refers to the Parker Fly, Keaggy's primary guitar on this project, but rather than being just a showcase for the guitar this is also another fine instrumental outing from Christian music's most influential guitarist. Keaggy focuses more on sound and technique than on previous albums, resulting in an album with exquisite arrangment and ambience in addition to excellent compositions. He also develops these songs to their fullest, particularly on the five-part suite "The Way of a Pilgrim" and the 24 minute "The Sojourner." Many of the songs include a very supportive rhythm section that broadens each piece while not intruding on Keaggy's superior musicianship; other pieces are simply layers of acoustic guitar. Either way, Keaggy's playing continues to astonish and inspire.

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