Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Review -- BRENT SAKLOFSKE -- I Love Guitar

I LOVE GUITAR
Brent Saklofske
Independent
7.5-out-of-10

Brent Saklofske is a guitarist from Calgary, AB., and a darn fine guitarist too.
So, it's no wonder his CD I Love Guitar was nominated for the WCMA Best Instrumental Album award.
Saklofske's previous album, the very fine Music For Trees, showed this guy was a talent, and it has progressed with this latest release.
Naturally, I Love Guitar is a CD which highlights the guitar, and with Saklofske at the strings, you're immediately happy about that.
The CD starts off with the somewhat fantastical The Pharaoh's Winter Palace, which clocks in a 7:35 minutes. You might think that long for an instrumental effort, but the music paints such images of a cold winter palace that the time flies by.
Saklofske gives the listener a number of thick cuts here, with A Mountain's Dream also eclipsing seven minutes, and Tabla Prism (Scarlet/Azure/Emerald) and The Bridge to Dunnotar going over five minutes each.
Stylistically you can hear classical elements melded with a more contemporary, easy listening tilt, which proves a nice mix here.
If you like guitar, you'll like this album, it's a simple as that. Check it out at /www.brentsaklofske.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Oct 24, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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