Steffen Basho-Junghans CD review [Strange Attractors Audio]

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Steffen Basho-Junghans CD review [Strange Attractors Audio]
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Feb 18, 2003, 05:25

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STEFFEN BASHO-JUNGHANS Rivers and Bridges CD

Berlin's Basho-Junghans has previously released albums wherein he used electronic aids to manipulate his guitar into liquid forms divorced from the actual tonality of his instrument. On Rivers and Bridges, however, he returns to a more traditional sound and style of performance, fingerpicking 6- and 12-string guitars through long, smoothly streaming compositions that sometimes surpass the 20-minute mark. Though steel strings give the performances a fairly sharp bite, the chiming arpeggios ring out so casually that the end result is merely one of ice-like calm and reflection. Fans of the Kottke/Fahey school of guitar might be those best served by these six tracks of patient, clever, and none too claustrophobic instrumentals. [Strange Attractors Audio House]

-J Graham

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