Sunday, June 17, 2012

Si Hayden - A Fistful of Grooves (Solo Jazz Guitar) (Silveryrecords 2012)

UK Guitarist Magazine described Si Hayden as an acoustic virtuoso on the release of his resonator instrumental 'Supercharger', followed by an entirely solo fretless guitar album, and now Silvery Records present Si's 26th album 'A Fistful Of Grooves'
Silvery Records present Si Hayden's 26th album 'A Fistful Of Grooves' his 11th Solo guitar album since 1998 sustaining the usual non-overdubbed one-take format. 15 jazz/funk originals and one solo jazz cover of Wes Montgomery's 'Twisted Blues' All tracks solo electric guitar, no overdubs, loops or tricks, just how he plays them live:

Biography: Si Hayden: Self taught multi-instrumentalist and guitarist for Joe O'Donnell (SonyBMG/East of Eden/Rory Gallagher), a founder member of 91db ('Waiting'/SilveryRecords and Noble England single with Comedian Rik Mayall/Motivation Records), one third of jazz trio Morley Hayden Haines(Performed at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2009+Live Album), guitarist for Verity Pabla (Envision Entertainment Group/USA) performs extensively as a solo instrumentalist having just released a 26th album but has appeared on well over 40 including guitar compilations with Bumblefoot (Guns 'n' Roses), Christophe Godin and Dave Martone (Satriani), has also appeared on compilations with the likes of Kevin Rowland(Dexys Midnight Runners). Si has performed with singer-songwriter Rob Halligan on BBC1 TV, collaborated live with Mobo award winner Soweto Kinch and composed soundtracks for Film, BBC Radio 4 and the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry.

Reviews: "Coventry acoustic virtuoso Si Hayden has experimented in a variety of unconventional musical contexts - from live drum 'n' bass and jazz to Celtic and Spanish classical - than this solo-guitar instrumental outing lets on. All the songs were recorded on a resonator and. impressively, it was all done in just a single take. His technique shows the fingerprints of other musical forms, but for the most part, it's a mixture of blues and folk staples - with alternate picking, slide and percussive slaps evident throuout. Hayden wrings the most out the resonator's steely attack, offering up a bevy of harmonics and rhythmic possibillities along the way. Its no small feat to walk the line between accessible melody and fleet-fingered flash as expertly as this"('The Guitar Players Bible' Guitarist Magazine)

"20th CD by Coventry guitar ace Si Hayden. 'Live at the Hinckley Act Folk Club' captures Si at his mesmerising best at the unusual venue which regularly features such top guitarists as Gordon Giltrap and Michael Chapman. A prolific recording artist since 1998, Si’s last live solo guitar album was recorded at the 2005 Coventry Jazz Festival."(Pete Willow/Coventry Telegraph)

"Si’s fantastic technique and style on the guitar always goes down a storm at the festival and it was great to welcome him back!"(Chris Davis/Cov Jazz Fest)
"A classical Spanish style guitarist, who will blow you away with his jazz, latin and funk infused songs. How he manages it all on just a 6 string guitar still amazes us. You will have to see him to believe it!(AcousticLounge, Clapham)

"Si Hayden with Michael Berk deliver an acoustic pearl called Tango Schizophrenia"(Dmitry M. Epstein, Let it Rock on 'The Alchemist's Vol II')

"Hayden is a very acomplished guitarist, with a good range of styles and moods."(fROOTS Magazine on 'Sabaca')

"It's really nice to hear new music with real musicians, Si's work is just great, the double bass playing is spot on... it really sounds like the musicians overstood the poetry. Nice one."(Performance Poet Benjamin Zephaniah on 'Backra Men')

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