Further defining his blues-inspired solo guitar style, The Bridge marks another chapter in the expansive world of New York's avant-garde guitarist, this time a paean to the Brooklyn Bridge. He has often used the city's geography for themes in his recordings -- his albums Hell's Kitchen Park and 9th Avenue evoke spooky reminiscence of the urban landscape. On this recording, released on the independent Megalon label, his blues-inflected guitar playing carries similar suggestive qualities. The guitarist allows silence to play a large role in his compositions here and a tension between minor-key phrases and inventive ambient textures is created via the pensive slow-motion phrasing. His pieces start out tentatively, building up an atmosphere of suspension before delicately stating their point. Resolving in suspended codas, the notes seem to hover in the air on the verge of silence, creating a languid atmosphere of contemplation. Short pieces combine to make a concise suite of drifting ambient guitar work, and The Bridge is imbued with his inimitable signature -- another outstanding work in an expansive discography.
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