CD The Kiss Ralf Illenberger
Ralf Illenberger: The Kiss
Produced by Ralf Illenberger and Gibbs Platen
This is one long song in six movements - trancelike, classical, magical...
Walter Keiser: Drums
Zirque Bonner: Bass
Fitzhugh Jenkins: Spirit Bass
Buedi Siebert: saxes, bass clarinet, marimba, strings
Ralf Illenberger returns for his third post–Narada effort on indie label In Joy Music Records, and this time he’s got another winner….and an unusual concept.
“THE KISS: Five Waves of Bliss” takes the form of a long, instrumental suite, subtle at times, but too involved to ever become mere background music, as with most of Illenberger’s guitar jazz pieces. This music kicks in with his unmistakable style in the second movement, Love Flow, but the real aural treat here is “symphonique”, the third movement of the Kiss, which contains textures so complex that it takes a couple of listening to truly get all of what’s going on in the background with its echoplexed acoustic guitars and different parts playing on either side of the stereo image.
“Beyond the clouds” chases that down with some atypical electric guitar solo work that rivals anyone strutting around on a rock concert stage right now.Illenberger’s really starting to join the “studio-as-instrument” crowd with impressive results.
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