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Between Silence / David Kraus

Release Date: 10/05/2010 
Label:  Cd Baby   Catalog #: 5637679217  
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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BETWEEN SILENCE David Kraus (gtr) (no label/number) (27:05)

Zarabanda. La Vuelta. Estudio del Jazz. Nessie’s Dream. Chorinho. Jacob’s Ladder. Intención. Little River

I’m no guitarist, and I don’t even claim to be Fanfare ’s guitar expert, although if there’s a guitar CD to be reviewed, more often than not it will be sent to me. Be that as it may, this is a good one, even if I am evaluating it “musically” and not Read more “guitaristically,” to use David Kraus’s neologism!

True to Kraus’s word, the eight pieces on Between Silence have been intelligently assembled, with an ear toward contrast and telling a story. The precise plot is left up to you, the listener, but you will feel as if you’ve lovingly been picked up from one location, and then just as lovingly set down again, 27 minutes later. Between the rippling and piquantly accented Zarabanda and the closing Little River , a pavane-like piece that suggests Ravel, Between Silence presents a variety of moods and styles, all of them engaging, all of them with something genuine to convey.

Kraus’s music isn’t simple-minded, but it makes an instantaneous impression. After several listens, that positive impression hasn’t faded. This is music to hear when you’re in need of uncomplicated healing, or when you’re trying to escape a stressful world. Although Between Silence would fit into the classical genre—if one must settle on a genre at all—Kraus’s influences and inspirations, not to mention his music’s immediacy, belong to world music and jazz as well. His workmanship prevents music that is always mellifluous and often gentle from turning merely bland. The older I get, the less I can stand the concept of background music, but Kraus’s work, if you choose not to put it at the center of your attention, should improve any environment you play it in.

As for Kraus’s playing, if I were a young guitarist, perhaps one thinking about choosing him as a teacher, I would be in awe. Kraus makes everything he does with his instrument sound easy, although there is nothing easy about it. His sound is warm, his articulation is clean, and his playing exhales mature confidence and the ability to communicate.

The engineering, which brings the guitar quite close, is excellent. There are no booklet notes per se , but a few words from the guitarist/composer, and a few more from Victor Hugo, Hafiz, and Albert Schweitzer nicely complement this project, as does the artwork.

I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this CD.

FANFARE: Raymond Tuttle
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