"Move" Review in Minor 7th Magazine

Special thanks to Kirk Albrecht for this review of “Move” in Minor 7th magazine!

Tom Gamble "Move" 2019 British guitarist Tom Gamble's new CD Move is a potpourri of genres and composers; only one of the 12 songs is an original. Gamble takes on the likes of Chick Corea's "Spain," thumbpicker extraordinaire Jerry Reed's "Jiffy Jam," the jazz standard "All of Me," and for good measure, Domenico Scarlatti's "Sonata K 206." No matter the style, Gamble shows off keen musicality and some solid chops. The original "Just a Folk Song" is a measured, languid ballad with only Gamble's nylon string guitar, chords with a pleasing melody overdubbed. Most of the songs are ensembles with various groupings of percussion, piano, cello, and vocals. The sweet traditional tune "Wild Mountain Thyme" is played slowly enough to let its beauty seep into your ears in all the right ways. Billy Taylor's "I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free" is a rollicking up tempo piece with ensemble help. Gamble does a commendable job with the Scarlatti Sonata, and he ends the disk with one of John Dowland's lute works, "Mrs. Wilder's Jump," a relatively lively piece from Dowland's repertoire, known for its melancholy. Move can't really fit into any single category of guitar music, but it is all good guitar music, an enjoyable listen for anyone with ears to hear. © Kirk Albrecht

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