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Critics' Comments

‘Great moments…electric, acoustic and synthesized guitars are both strong and subtle…Bridges the gap between musical adventure and mass appeal.’ Downbeat

‘Any Gregory James release is cause for celebration…James’ writing and guitar playing are at times so lyrical you expect a vocalist to join in, but don’t notice (or mind) when one never appears….The mix of jazz and world musics, of electric and acoustic instruments, of simple melodies and impressive chops, makes me homesick for the City by the Bay’s talented melting pot.’ Musician

‘A fine guitarist whose playing is reminiscent of Pat Metheny in its ringing melodies and pastoral harmonies. James is also an interesting linear improvisor in straight ahead contexts. His albums on Rogue Records tread between jazz and internationalist ‘new age’ music idioms.’ San Francisco Bay Guardian

'Everything he's [Gregory James] recorded has had a soulfulness, a willingness to go where the spirit leads.' Jazz Steps

‘High energy polyrythmic fusion....pastoral impressionistic sketches. In both, James' guitar lines are simple, direct, and melodic.' Guitar Player

‘A first-rate electric guitar player.’ Variety

‘This is a band of players concerned not only with performance, but with tone and that makes for good—and fresh—listening.’ Modern Drummer

‘James is a fine guitarist on electric, nylon-string, or MIDI, but his focus is in creating lush, accommodating, slightly off-balance world jazz soundgardens for his talented colleagues.’ Pacific Sun

‘ James’ loose compositional structures allow for great improvisational flights. This is acoustic jazz with only the occasional flamenco overtone, but great music.’ Flamenco Connection

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