Allen Hinds

Fact Of The Mat­ter

Guitar Techniques - - LEARN­ING ZONE -

Allen Hinds is one of those gui­tarists that has it all; chops, great phras­ing, har­monic savvy and a blend of rock, jazz and blues that makes him stand out from the six-string crowd. Add the abil­ity to cre­ate mem­o­rable melodies, and a legato tech­nique that is su­per smooth, his mu­sic is very ap­peal­ing. Oth­ers think so too; Allen has re-re­leased his out-of­print de­but al­bum as it was go­ing up­wards of $100 on eBay. Now re­mas­tered and two new tracks added, it’s an as­sured al­bum that fea­tures rich gui­tar tones and a wealth of stylis­tic lean­ings wrapped in a har­monic sen­si­bil­ity that evokes Joni Mitchell, Pat Metheny, Michael Lan­dau and early Larry Carl­ton. The ti­tle track is a swampy groove with chord swells and an in­fec­tious melody; On­ramp bub­bles enough to have your head bob­bing (gor­geous slide work); and Waltz For Tina might be one of the most emo­tive 3/4 based in­stru­men­tals we’ve heard. It may be a re-re­lease but it’s a con­tender for in­stru­men­tal al­bum of the year. Sheer class!

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