Christo­pher Cross

Christo­pher Cross

Guitarist - - Feature -

Best known for the yacht-rock clas­sic Ride Like The Wind on which Cross him­self plays a fine solo, we hope he won’t be of­fended if we draw at­ten­tion to some­thing not ev­ery­one no­tices – Cross’s 1980 de­but al­bum is packed with AAA-grade gui­tar so­los from Larry Carl­ton, Eric John­son and Jay Gray­don. EJ’s solo on Min­strel Gigolo is an ab­so­lute jewel. It’s beau­ti­fully con­structed yet fast and fluid – a mas­terly mi­cro com­po­si­tion in it­self with a be­gin­ning, mid­dle and tri­umphal end. Mean­while Larry Carl­ton’s ec­static solo on I Re­ally Don’t Know Any More is up there with Kid Charle­magne. Stand­out track: Min­strel Gigolo Tech­nique take-home: So­los can be finely crafted mu­si­cal pieces in their own right

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