Ulf Wak­e­nius

Fa­ther and Son

Guitar Techniques - - MUSIC -

Act Mu­sic ✪✪✪✪✪

This is re­fresh­ing - two steel-string acous­tics ex­pertly played by Ulf (fa­ther) and Eric (son) Wak­e­nius. There’s nowhere to hide if the play­ing is un­der par or the ma­te­rial isn’t great; both as­pects here are pleas­ingly of very high qual­ity. Open­ing (and clos­ing) with the classic Bird­land by Joe Zaw­inul, they play with a well-honed sense of dy­nam­ics with chords and melodies well ar­ranged. Ir­ish Vagabond is a vi­brant af­fair with open-string pas­sages, har­monised melodies and uni­son riffs, nod­ding sub­tly to both Me­tal­lica and the McLaughlin-Me­ola-De Lu­cia trio! Talk­ing of the lat­ter, there are ref­er­ences to both Paco (the fla­menco syn­co­pa­tions in Paco’s De­light) and Me­ola; the bold rhythms of Mis­tral, beau­ti­ful main melody and the punchy dy­nam­ics are rem­i­nis­cent of the pick­ing mas­ter. It’s not all high-end fu­sion though; their ar­range­ment of Scar­bor­ough Fair is very sooth­ing; bouncy rhythms and colour­ful chords in­fuse Eleanor Rigby; and Eric sings with real pas­sion on both Cat Stevens’ Fa­ther And Son and the blues classic, Help The Poor. If you want great acous­tic artistry, this is highly rec­om­mended.

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