George Van Eps
Mellow Guitar



by AlexTM510 USER (9 Reviews)
February 28th, 2011 | 2 replies

Release Date: 1956 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A collection of cool classic jazz numbers from "The Father Of Seven String Guitar"

Here at sputnikmusic when we think of 7 string guitar (or lower). We tend to think largely around the metal and rock circles, ranging from the nu-metal of Korn to the grooves of Meshuggah to the prog from John Petrucci of Dream Theater. However like most new music today, all of it has its humble beginnings with pioneers setting things of. Chances are if you use this site often you don't know who George Van Eps is. Hell why would you care" Well basically put: George Van Eps was known as "The Father of Seven String Guitar" and pretty much invented and pioneered the styling of electric seven string guitar.

Which brings up another point-is this just bunch of guitar wankery" Absolutely not, Mellow Guitar showcases George Van Eps playing guitar was pure bliss and ease by utilizing the guitar tastefully and a times combining guitar leads and bass lines cohesively. Eps also has a lovely backing section of subtle drums, woodwinds, strings, and vibes, and the occasional string bass throughout the record. At 32 minutes, Mellow Guitar is an easy record to get into, especially with its calming vibe maintained through the album; it’s a perfect album to lounge to. However there is a true beauty behind the music with its intricate chord voicing's and jazz rhythms: ultimately making something complex sound so easy. It is a fascinating listen not only for its back story, but also shows a collection of lovely soothing jazz numbers that is certainly worth checking out.

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February 28th 2011


There are several grammatical errors, make sure you proofread and use commas where you need them.

As far as the review as a whole, it's rather brief. Brief can work if you can squeeze enough about the record into a short synopsis, but you really don't talk enough about the music. Work on citing specific examples/tracks where the artist does things particularly well or instead falls short, etc.
I guess my biggest advice to you is to just read a lot more reviews on this site and get used to how they are written, how long they are, and different flows used by different writers.

February 28th 2011


this is more of a soundoff than a review

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