John Goldie: Open 4 Closure

~ Wednesday, 1 July 2009
Scottish guitar master Goldie has a pedigree that few can match and with this album he moves away from the one man, one guitar of previous albums with a stellar line up of musicians for an instrumental album that seamlessly mixes jazz, funk, gypsy and swing.

The interaction between Goldie's fluid guitar playing and Angus Lyons accordion is a joy to listen to, especially on Back Door Creeper, Don't Milk It and An Honorary Scot. There are also plenty of opportunities to just bask in Goldie's guitar skills with Flying Scotsman, which seems to cover all style from bluegrass to flamenco, while Timepiece is a beautifully melancholy finger style piece. Those Who Fell touches on classical and the violin being a welcome addition.

The album closes on the short, but sweet Queens Park Trot with its Tuba bass line. This track may already be familiar to many as it was used as the theme music for the Bafta award winning BBC comedy show, Dear Green Place.

This is an accessible album, even for those who are scared of by the words jazz or guitar and a great introduction to one of Europe's finest acoustic guitarists.

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