Andy Sum­merS


Guitar Techniques - - REVIEWS -

From his days with The Po­lice to a jazzy trib­ute to Th­elo­nius Monk, Andy Sum­mers is one of our more in­ter­est­ing guitarists. His new al­bum is ex­ploratory and ex­pan­sive, de­spite fea­tur­ing al­most only him­self on guitars, drums, bass, keys and banjo. It boasts a fine pro­duc­tion with Andy’s richly dis­torted guitar of­ten tak­ing cen­tre stage. Opener, If Any­thing is awash with am­bi­ence and a sear­ing, San­tana-like lead. The ti­tle track has his guitar jump­ing around with rich modal in­ter­vals, while Adinkra nods to both world mu­sic and blues with some great back­wards echoes on the clean melody guitar. Andy nods to his Po­lice tones with the cho­rus’d riff on Shady­land, un­der­pin­ning a trum­pet-like head. Gi­gan­to­p­ithe­cus’s stilted groove is in­trigu­ing as nu­mer­ous guitars move around the stereo field. Keep an open mind and af­ter a few lis­tens you’ll find much to ad­mire here.

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