PINO FORASTIERE, ALEXANDRE GISMONTI, CLIVE CARROLL AND BRIAN GORE
Album review: "International Guitar Night V"
"International Guitar Night V" is proof that Brian Gore has created yet another exceptional "have guitars, will travel" ensemble. Besides featuring the American-born Gore, the latest cross-cultural edition boasts the six-string artistry of Italy's Pino Forastiere, Brazil's Alexandre Gismonti and England's Clive Carroll.
Recorded last May during a concert in British Columbia, the acoustic ensemble quickly reveals its collective and individual strengths. First comes an intricately woven (and wonderfully evocative) duo arrangement of Villa-Lobos's locomotive excursion "O Trenzinho Do Caipira," followed by intermittent solo performances that range from the familiar (Gore's cover of "Whiter Shade of Pale") to the rhythmically engaging (Carroll's "One").
It's easy to pick out Gismonti, son of legendary Brazilian guitarist Egberto Gismonti, and not just because he's the only one playing a nylon-string guitar. Gismonti's natural affinity for bossa nova is showcased, and with the help of Carroll, he nimbly celebrates Celtic influences on "The Choice Wife." Forastiere, like his colleagues, is a well-rounded virtuoso, but his gift for unfurling a lyrical ballad is particularly evident on "Fase 2."
- Mike Joyce, Jan. 2011