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Baker, Greg: Subversions
Greg Baker - Subversions Review

Baker, Greg: Subversions

Experimental Guitar
3.5/5.0

Here's an artist, Greg Baker, and his debut album, Subversions, for those loving experimental and unconventional guitar work. From his Facebook profile we find the following: 'Baker performs, writes, and records classical and electric guitar music in solo and chamber contexts with an emphasis on experimental genre bending musical transgressions.' (I'm not sure 'transgressions' is the correct word he was looking for here.) Also we learn that he 'won Artists' Internationalís Young Artist Auditions Chamber Music Award in 1994. He studied guitar with Carlos Barbosa-Lima at the Manhattan School of Music.'

The music within Subversions varies between eccentric and eclectic, experimental and improvisational, sometimes nearly inaccessible, but mostly friendly and interesting. On the latter end are Eight Tons of Fuss and Grillz. To the former, Astor and Who's Your Poser are representative. It's all an exercise in creativity and individual expression, really. Something that any musician-craftsman aspires to in his heart of hearts. For guitar enthusiasts, Baker offers the equipment, without mentioning a particular brand, he uses on every track.

As for the score above, since I don't normally receive (very little that is) or listen to experimental guitar music, it merely reflects the fact that I have nothing to compare this too. Otherwise, if you have an interest in clever and experimental guitar work, whether as a player or listener, you'll enjoy this progressive album.






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If you have an interest in clever and experimental guitar work, whether as a player or listener, you'll enjoy Greg Baker's Subversions.

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