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HOM­MAGE A MAR­CEL DADI Acous­tic Mu­sic Records ✪✪✪✪ ✪

One of only a hand­ful of play­ers in Chet Atkins’ ‘Cer­ti­fied Gui­tar Player’ cir­cle, Mar­cel Dadi was a cel­e­brated acous­tic fin­ger­picker who, al­though of Tu­nisian-French de­scent, ded­i­cated his craft to the style of the great Amer­i­can pick­ers. He died trag­i­cally in a plane crash in 1996. Hom­mage is a Who’s Who of top pick­ers, from Martin Tay­lor to Al­bert Lee and Pierre Ben­su­san, and, of course, there’s a track from the man him­self. The as­tound­ing Richard Smith kicks off with Big Chief, in the Atkins style but played so im­pec­ca­bly (check out those harp har­mon­ics and chord solo­ing!) that we’d buy the al­bum for this alone. High­lights in­clude Martin Tay­lor’s de­light­ful, En At­ten­dant Joachim, Muriel An­der­son’s ny­lon-string take on Win­ter’s Waltz is a de­light, and Al­bert Lee’s Swingy Boo­gie, packed with bends, triplets and dou­ble-stops. Pierre Ben­su­san’s Waltz For Paula is full of emo­tion, as well as cas­cad­ing rivulets of notes. Dadi rounds off pro­ceed­ings with Song For Chet, a warm, clever and beau­ti­ful trib­ute to his hero. Need cheer­ing up on a rainy Sun­day morn­ing? This’ll do it!

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