Jon Durant

Three If by Air

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This entire project is Jon Durant; writing, arranging, and performing seven intriguing and innovative guitar pieces. It is Durant in the David Torn/ Michael Brook/ Robert Frippian/ Adrian Belew-ic/ Andy Summers-ish vein of Eno-esque-scapes of rhythmic and infinite processed guitar modes. Durant cites as inspiration: Frisell, Rypdal, Tibbetts, Holdsworth, Hackett, the Sterns and Krantz. He uses a bevy of processors, synths, and such to push his custom Paul Reed Smith to its outer limits. There is a soulful introspection in all these pieces held together with poise. Each composition betrays the presence of a restrained dynamo of speed and power. Durant keeps the fire under control throughout, refraining from flash but choosing style and a storytelling in his careful phrasings. He likes his sustained notes and crystalline tone to rule. Only on "Alien Communication Technique" does Durant's truly out-there side show through. It is a delightfully subdued yet strange place he reveals. This was my favorite piece for its novelty and its imagination. It is on this cut we see a foreshadowing of great things to come from Durant.

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