Curtis, Anthony - Book Of The Key (special)
Anthony Curtis is a guitarist who is a semi-legend in Richmond, VA and who has released a few albums over the years, but he is probably best known for his Cuneiform release by Boom. Not too long after Boom, he went to Quatar in the middle East, absorbing Arabic music for several years before returning home to Richmond. For as long as I've known him, his style has been very heavy on bent notes, so the Arabic influence makes a lot of sense and is complimentary to his already in place style. Book Of The Key is the first album he's released since Boom and he's assembled a pretty impressive bunch of musicians for it: Tony Levin-bass, Chapman Stick, Lewis Pragasam-drums, percussion, Mike Keneally-Fender Rhodes piano, Jeff Gauthier-violin and producer Ronan Chris Murphy on (very occasional) harmonium. Still the accent is definitely on Anthony's very reconizable guitaring. A really quirky 'jazz rock' album, for lack of a better term. I really enjoyed this; recommended!