The Guitar Artistry of Enrique Coria

Enrique Coria

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The Guitar Artistry of Enrique Coria Review

by Ken Dryden

North Americans likely first heard Argentine guitarist Enrique Coria after he joined the David Grisman Quintet. Not long after Coria joined the group, Grisman encouraged Coria to record a solo date for his Acoustic Disc label. The guitarist's first CD is a brilliant cornucopia of works by South American composers from many different countries, each of which is identified (along with the specific rhythm of the piece). As a result, the music may not be at all familiar to many Grisman fans, but its lyricism and Coria's brilliant performances will engage the listener almost immediately. It becomes apparent why no additional musicians were hired for the sessions, for they would have been unnecessary alongside a virtuoso the level of Enrique Coria as he lovingly explored this fascinating South American music.

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