Along with acoustic guitar innovators John Fahey and Leo Kottke, Basho is known for his work on the Takoma label. Longtime fan William Ackerman signed Basho to his fledgling Windham Hill label in the late '70s and this resulting album is a little less esoteric than his previous efforts, but no less exotic. Basho had always been heavily influenced by the music of India, specifically Ravi Shankar, and this time around there's also a healthy dose of Western classical influences. Variations on Clare de Lune" is a highlight, along with a reprise of his 1967 "The Grail and.
Acoustic steel-string guitar maestro Robbie Basho’s 1979 album Art of the Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12 will be reissued next October. The LP has long been out of print, acquiring a collector’s item status that sadly precluded one of Basho’s finest musical moments from being heard. The Baltimore-born guitarist made his name as part of the triumvirate upon which Takoma label’s reputation was built. Though, being relatively less influenced by country blues, Basho’s music is closer in spirit to Sandy Bull’s, rather than his labelmates Leo Kottke or John Fahey. This was Basho’s second.
Art Of The Acoustic Guitar (Cass, Album). Windham Hill Records. And the fact of the matter is, his technical prowess on both guitar and vocals only improved over time, so moments of uncertainty on albums from 1965-'69 have evolved into a complete confidence of character 10 years later. This whole release is fine-tuned and well-executed. The vocals are tasteful, but sparse, which is good news if you're like me. We also see a number of short tracks that are remarkably good - something he didn't do too often ("Apres Midi American" & "Clair De Lune" are just gorgeous).
Robbie Basho (born Daniel R. Robinson, J. August 31, 1940 – February 28, 1986) was an American acoustic guitarist, pianist and singer. Basho was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and was orphaned as an infant. Adopted by the Robinson family, Daniel Robinson, Jr. attended Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Baltimore and was prepared for college at Saint James School-an Episcopal school-in Western Maryland. He went on to study at University of Maryland College Park
Originally released in 1979, 'Art Of The Acoustic Steel String Guitar 6 & 12' was Robbie Basho's 15th record, and his magnum opus of solo guitar. It is the culmination of his life's effort to usher guitar music into a new artistic paradigm, and to "establish the steel string as a concert instrument indigenous to America. This album represents Basho's most technically fine guitar work. In both composition and performance, the album is enormously complex and yet conveys effortlessness unique to Basho
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1. The Grail and the Lotus 06:34 2. Cathedrals Et Fleur De Lis 07:00 3. Pasha II 06:32 4. A Study for Steel String 02:58 5. Ackerman Special 01:14 6. Après Midi American 01:54 7. Variations On Grieg 05:01 8. Scottish Rites 04:36 9. Pavan India 07:10 10. Variations On Ezumi 04:02 11. Variations On Clair De Lune 03:36.