"Ron Jarzombek - Solitarily Speaking Of Theoretical Confinement"
Review by Steve Turner

I have been listening to Ron Jarzombek's new solo album - Solitarily Speaking Of Solitary Confinement. You may know him from Spastic Ink, Watchtower or Gordian Knot. The album is a 46 minute opus of modern guitar mastery containing 45 tracks that make up a single instrumental masterpiece.

I can not put into words how advanced this guy is in composition of instrumental music. The album is revolutionary and is as groundbreaking as Steve Vai's "Passion and Warfare" which was almost the bible of late 80's and early 90's guitar technique and modal use.

While I was at university studying music I tried to imagine what it would be like to apply the kinds of contemporary compositional techniques used by Schoenberg and Stravinsky in electric guitar based music. I think that Solitarily Speaking comes the closest to this goal and for that reason is a revolutionary and ground breaking album. The production is magnificent, and the music really is quite lyrical and melodic at times - at others it is like being trapped in a sonic waste factory but in a good way.

If you are at all a fan of modern guitar playing and feel that it isn't going anywhere - this album will prove you wrong. Please support Ron by buying his works rather than downloading MP3s. Solitarily Speaking is so good you do NOT need to bother previewing the material. Of course, you can go to Ron's site to download a few sections, but they won't make sense out of context of the original piece.

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