Erik Lamberth – Three Guitars by Devin McAlister
Genera: Contemporary Jazz, Blues, Guitar Enthusiasts
Overall Rating: 2.5/5
It’s unfortunate that most modern artists lack what I would call musical diversity. The good artist can do one thing really well, while the gifted ones can do that and more. This clearly separates the pretenders from the contenders in virtually any art form. Philadelphia based guitarist Erik Lamberth proves he is a gifted guitar player.
“Three Guitars” is his latest release and it has much to commend it. Admittedly, there is a whole lot of variety to these arrangements and performances – probably because this CD has many things going for it. First: the impressive Lamberth is the real deal guitarist coming from an impressive musical background: Lamberth is a 30 year veteran who has performed with numerous ensembles over the years (The Haverford College Jazz Ensemble, Rock ‘n Blues Band Roadrunner). Second: he has studied Guitar and Music Production at the Berklee College of Music. Third: There is a unique quality to this catalogue that breaks the mold from other artists. Going back to my diversity comment: Lamberth delivers a CD that has both classic Blues, R&B combined with Traditional Jazz. This is not as easy as it sounds. Within both musical environments Lamberth navigates the ship perfectly displaying amazing skills and brilliant musical craftsmanship. Not every square inch is filled with a vocal delivery under duress – but musical space this allows the music to breathe via Lamberth’s amazing gift to make the connection with listeners via 6 strings.
My top three tracks: “SRV Jazz”, “Double Time” and “Oceans Two.”
My critical comments apply to everything beyond Lamberth’s control.This genera is absolutely brutal so the standard is set ridiculously high, having said that I refuse to cut Lamberth any slack within this realm of music. When compared to other CD’s within the genera there are some notable weaknesses. Honestly at times the CD sounds more like a guitar teaching aid than a gold standard jazz/blues release. The instruments don’t sound real so the only quality thing you really get out of “Three Guitars” is the songwriting and the actual guitar performances. This is a rvery big setback for “Three Guitars” and no matter how many times you listen to it, this issue sticks out like a sore thumb when compared to Lamberth and his playing level. If Lamberth brought other marquee playas to the line-up my final mark would be much higher.
“Three Guitars” by Erik Lamberth is a must have for any guitar enthusiast out there. As time goes by I would imagine Lamberth’s sound will evolve and progress to the level of his playing. Time will tell but I can honestly say this is one guitarist that is set up for success down the road with his amazing gift and rich diversity.
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