FERENC SNÉT­BERGER

No­mad enja

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

Snét­berger is a vir­tu­oso acous­tic gui­tarist who, de­spite a CV that in­cludes Markus Stock­hausen, Dusko Goykovich, Ernie Wilkins, Bobby McFer­rin, Pat Metheny and Dhafer Youssef, isn’t nearly as well known as he should be. This lovely CD, made in 2004, marks the recorded de­but of the ex­cep­tional trio with Arild An­der­sen (bass) and Paolo Vi­nac­cia (drums) that Snét­berger brings here next week for a Mu­sic Net­work tour. The mu­sic, mostly com­posed by him, re­flects his ac­knowl­edged in­flu­ences and in­ter­ests – Jim Hall, Eg­berto Gis­monti and JS Bach, with Span­ish, In­dian and south­ern Euro­pean un­der­cur­rents. Some­how, Snét­berger draws them all into a com­pellingly per­sonal syn­the­sis of great lyric beauty, in which Vi­nac­cia is a mar­vel­lous colourist, An­der­sen sim­ply mag­nif­i­cent and Snét­berger a mu­si­cian of sin­gu­larly fe­cund melodic imag­i­na­tion. Re­plete with spare, mu­si­cal use of elec­tron­ics, No­mad com­bines depth with ac­ces­si­bil­ity. www.en­jarecords.com

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