Alone, armed only with a classical guitar, Alexandre Therrien amalgamates flamenco, classical, rock, and fusion styles for a little over a half hour in an Alain Markusfeld fashion. Critic allusions are made to De Lucia and Kottke, but these somewhat miss the point: Therrien hasn't quite the speed of De Lucia, though he sure as hell is getting there, nor Lucia's inflection, nor the roots-mutant chops of a Kottke. What he does have is a very fine command of a historied style and its more rock-friendly nuances blended with a great side-pocket of improv. He's obviously studied Rodrigo, Tarrega, Albeniz, and the ancients while listening to Segovia, de Plata, Parkening, Yepes, and the modern guitar masters. His inner melodies are extremely attractive, turning the dominant motifs into plays upon themselves, and, by the fourth song, Buleria" he catches fire and storms through much of the rest of the set. Even the vaguely samba-ish Double Preludio has verve a bit unusual for the tempo. What will draw gasps, though, are his lightning runs, which I find, perhaps strangely, Rory Gallagherish for their vivacity and boldness. If there's anything this guy is lacking, I can't find it, and, as he's a young cat, Therrien promises to be a master player very very soon. He's 90% there already, blowing away most everyone who's taken on this highly finessy task.
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