California Guitar Trio – Pathways (1998)

FrontCover1.jpgCalifornia Guitar Trio (CGT) is a band of three guitar players founded in 1991. The three—Paul Richards of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bert Lams of Affligem, Belgium, and Hideyo Moriya of Tokyo, Japan—met at a 1987 Guitar Craft course, in which Robert Fripp instructed them in the New Standard Tuning (NST). After completing several of Fripp’s Guitar Craft courses, the three toured as part of Robert Fripp and The League of Crafty Guitarists.

Continuing their collaboration then in Los Angeles, they founded The California Guitar Trio in 1991. They continue to play in the New Standard Tuning.[1] Their performances and recordings include original compositions, surf covers, and classical re-workings of classical music. Their influences include European classical music, rock, blues, jazz, world music, and surf music.

In 1992 and 1993 with Fripp and Trey Gunn, they toured and recorded as The Robert Fripp String Quintet.

The Trio’s music was featured during the television coverage of the 1998 and 2000 Olympic Games. It has been featured on CBS, NBC, CNN WorldBeat, and ESPN TV programs.[citation needed] They performed on the 2003 Grammy Awards-nominated track “Apollo” on Tony Levin’s CD Pieces of the Sun.[citation needed] CGT music served as wake-up music for the crew aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Endeavour.

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The California Guitar Trio performed as an opening act for King Crimson, from which bassist Tony Levin and drummer Pat Mastelotto regularly join the CGT for live shows. CGT has shared the stage with many performers, including John McLaughlin, David Sylvian, Tito Puente, Leftover Salmon, Taj Mahal, Steve Lukather, Simon Phillips, Adrian Legg, Adrian Belew, Jon Anderson.

The Trio has released 16 albums: seven studio CDs featuring original CGT songs and a variety of other works spanning numerous genres, four live releases, and a Christmas CD with Christmas music. Lams has also made a solo album of Bach preludes titled Nascent.

In August 2004 they released Whitewater, which was produced by Tony Levin. It features mainly original works of the CGT, offset by a puzzle-work arrangement of a Bach lute suite and a mashup of “(Ghost) Riders in the Sky” with The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm.” This was followed in 2008 by Echoes, an album composed entirely of covers, and 2010’s Andromeda, the band’s first release to consist entirely of original material. The 2012 release Masterworks is an all classical music compilation featuring music by Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, Rossini and Part. Guitarist Fareed Haque played on Vivaldi’s “Winter”, and Tony Levin played upright bass and cello on four tracks. (by wikipedia)

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This is the 3rd album from the California Guitar Trio. Fresh from recent tours with King Crimson and John McLaughlin they have recorded a heady brew of classics and contemporary material. Everything from Beethoven’s 5th symphony, the theme tunes to Pulp Fiction, thought to newly-commissioned avant-grade pieces, all performed on 3 guitars. Track highlights includes: “Arroyo,” “Leap,” “Adagio for Strings (Barber),” “Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven),” and more!

“Pathways” is the California Guitar Trio’s 1998 release and bestselling album to date, featuring original compositions and amazing arrangements of the works of Beethoven. InsideOut, who have released numerous CGT recordings, write, “The California Guitar Trio consists of three revered musicians who aren’t actually natives of the “Golden State.” Actually, two of the members aren’t even from the United States! Bert Lams is from Brussels, Belgium; Hideyo Moriya is a native of Tokyo, Japan; and Paul Richards hails from Salt Lake City, Utah.

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The technical wizardry of the California Guitar Trio is breathtaking, and so is the wide range of instrumental music the group performs — everything from unique originals to dazzling, cleverly arranged reinterpretations of classical, jazz and surf rock pieces. Elements of blues and country are blended into the California Guitar Trio’s style too. Their diversity is unparalleled. There’s simply nothing the California Guitar Trio can’t do musically.”

On “Pathways”, a significant level of performance maturity is clearly in evidence. Thankfully, such maturity has been assigned to a repertoire consisting of classical arrangements along with original, intelligent progressive compositions that match well to their classical sensibility.

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In addition to the guitar trio configuration, a number of tracks include saxophone played by Bill Janssen and Roger Lambson. The touch tapped Warr Guitar, performed by Trey Gunn, is included on a few of the tracks as well.
“Pathways” will serve as a beautiful introduction to the work of the California Guitar Trio. It showcases some of the finest examples of their warmly sensitive musical expression. (jazz-rock-fusion-guitar.blogspot.com)

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Personnel:
Bert Lams (guitar)
Hideyo Moriya (guitar)
Paul Richards (guitar)
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Bill Janssen (saxophone on 03., 07., 09., 10. + 13.)
Trey Gunn Warr (guitar on 03., 07., 09., 10. + 13.)
Roger Lambson (saxophone on 09. + 13.)

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Tracklist:
01. Allegro Con Brio, Symphony No. 5 (Beethoven) 5.26
02. Arroyo (Lams/Richards/Moriya) 3.38
03. Pathways (Lams/Richards/Moriya) 4.27
04. Leap (F’unicelli) 2.51
05. Adagio Opus 11 (Barber) 3.59
06. Great Divide (Lams/Richards/Moriya) 2.32
07. Scramble (Lams/Richards/Moriya) 1.59
08. Classical Gas (Williams) 2.51
09. Kaleidoscope (Moriya) 0.56
10. Ananda  2:49
11 Adagio Sostenuto, Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven) 2:42
12 Presto Agitato, Moonlight Sonata (Beethoven) 4:45
13. Jesu, Joy Of Man’s Desiring (Bach) 2.40
14. Misirlou (Leeds/Roubanis/Tauber/Wise) 1.55

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