Fact Of The Matter
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!