Vanguard

Julius Lester – Departures

Style: Folk, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter

Vibe: Outsider, Rebellious, Melancholy, Storytelling, Intimate, Philosophical, Personal, Political

Musical Qualities: Acoustic, Sparse, Bluesy, Lyrical

Larry Coryell – Spaces

Style: Jazz Fusion

Vibe: Angular, Complex, Energetic, Triumphant,

Musical Attriubtes: Improvisation, Instrumental, Progressive, Riffs, Technical


Musicians: Larry Corryell, John McLaughlin, Chick Corea, Miroslav Vitous, Billy Cobham

Sandy Bull – Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo

On his debut album, the guitar and banjo virtuoso starts off with a 22-minute droning epic fusing American and Arabic Folk music with Indian Raga on his acoustic guitar (often trying to imitate the feeling of the oud). Here, he is accompanied by the fluid, driving drums of Billy Higgins. Side 2 is made up of 4 shorter solo pieces, mostly for the banjo, including an impressive rendition of “Carmina Burana” by German composer Carl Orff and a folky mountain song.