Forbearance Carl Orr Independent Expat Australian guitarist/composer Carl Orr has been London-based since the 1990s. There he has appeared with some impressive names including Billy Cobham, Randy Brecker and Ernie Watts. Orr has been an exponent of jazz fusion using heavy guitar distortion but this, his eighth album, is a soft and melodic world away. The guitarist speaks of this music as his contribution towards creating a peaceful, harmonious world. His acoustic guitar is beautifully recorded in this London production, with a host of sidemen across 11 tracks, nine of which are originals. The opening title track is a perfect introduction, with Orr’s solo classical guitar and added glockenspiel delivering a semiclassical piece of deeply calming ambience, beautifully played. American Daydream continues the tranquil mood, adding rhythm via piano, organ, bass, drums and percussion, while the largest ensemble (13 members, including vocalist Jasmine Nelson plus strings, brass and reeds) undertakes Lennon-McCartney’s Mother Nature’s Son in a quietly restrained rendition. Though lyric-less, the title People Need Healthcare, Not Guns conveys Orr’s social conscience. As with many of these pieces, Ironbridge, with guitar and string quartet, has a folk feel conveyed in a softly melodic way. This unassuming and peaceful collection goes a long way towards achieving Orr’s stated aim to make the listener calm, optimistic and invigorated. Though it uses some jazz features, the album is really more of a soothing, mood-inspired portfolio of quiescent classical/folk.