Doc­toR GRaDus

DOc­TOr graDuS

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC REVIEWS -

Doc­tor Gradus is a Bri­tish in­stru­men­tal quar­tet that takes popular clas­si­cal pieces from French im­pres­sion­ists De­bussy, Faure, Satie and Ravel and morph them into sub­lime mu­si­cal ex­trav­a­gan­zas that are a joy to the ears. The ma­te­rial is ar­ranged by pi­anist Pete Whinnett and gui­tarist and shred. And we get the lot sent over to GT. But two things rule over ev­ery­thing else and that’s melody and songs, and this has both by the bucket load. Of course it has great gui­tar too plus do­bro and pedal steel for good mea­sure. With their mu­sic played on 6Mu­sic, Amer­i­can ra­dio and Bob Har­ris on Ra­dio 2, this is one of the grow­ing num­ber of re­leases suc­cess­fully funded by PledgeMu­sic. It has a real ‘feel good’ fac­tor and con­tains a cou­ple of re­cent sin­gle re­leases, Some­one Like You and Storm Break­ing, so they are the ob­vi­ous way to sam­ple this ex­cel­lent band. Bet­ter still it shows what can be done with ma­te­rial that is es­sen­tially just singing along to strummed chords, but it’s both beau­ti­ful and very in­spi­ra­tional in our hum­ble opin­ion.

Musea Par­al­lele

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