Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Best Music You Haven't Heard (Yet) - Dave Beegle & Jay Oliver

One of the best musicians I've ever had the pleasure of working with (or even knowing, for that matter), is guitar virtuoso Dave Beegle, and I'm thrilled to be able to introduce you all to his art.

Dave is a Jedi Master, of sorts. He's perhaps the greatest undiscovered gem of the guitar world, combining his own rock stylings along with jazz and world music to form a truly unique, beautiful, and masterful alchemy of acoustic sounds. If you're interested in instrumental music, the acoustic guitar, or just something brand new for your ears, I cannot endorse Dave's albums emphatically enough. Even though not readily available through, (you can get some of the albums from private sellers or download the mp3's, however), be sure to check out Beyond The Desert and A Year Closer on iTunes, along with Dave's monster live performance, Acoustic Mayhem.

Additionally, if you're interested at all in solo piano music, I recently purchased an album that I'm absolutely in love with.

Jay Oliver, a jazz keyboardist who came up with legendary drummer Dave Weckl, recently put out an independent release entitled Outside The Box which is, to put it mildly, breathtaking. Half of the album is comprised of new arrangements of classic pop songs (such as 'Somewhere Over The Rainbow', James Taylor's 'Fire And Rain', the Beatles' 'Let It Be', and Sting's 'Fragile'), while the rest of the tracks are Oliver originals, some rearranged specially for this CD. The album is loaded with beautiful melodies and new piano techniques derived from rudiments that drummers (but not necessarily pianists) are familiar with. It is unlike any CD you've probably ever heard before, but it is far from unlistenable. It is gorgeous and colorful, and I hope you make your way over to Jay's site and download or order the disc for a mere $10 (it's available exclusively through his website). Believe me, it's worth every penny.

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