Roger Smith

Spanish Guitar

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Spanish Guitar is Roger Smith's first solo album. The guitar is left completely untreated, naked in front of the microphone. The music is instantly recognizable as genuine Smith: intimate and fanciful. The difference resides in the level of abstraction. The album's title is not just descriptive of the instrument, it holds a program. On every corner, at every turn and twist of Smith's improvisations, you may bounce into a Spanish guitar lick: feverish strumming here, an unmistakable flamenco arpeggio there, even a fugitive sequence of chords or the ghost of a melody. In short, the guitarist comes to terms with the heritage of this particular instrument, stretching it to the confines of non-idiomaticness but playfully coming back to its "spirit." A captivating album.