Here I will list some music I think should be listened to, to not only help you broaden your musical horizons but also expose you to new ideas.Every few weeks I'll try to add new listening that I think will help you learn about the music I and others love. This week...Guitar Music!! Let me know what you think!
-An Evening with John Petrucci and Jordan Rudess
This is a great album of almost nothing but improvisation from great progressive musicians John Petrucci (guitar) and Jordan Rudess (Keys). Although the main themes, intros and outros were not completely improvised, this album is a great testament of what practicing and hard work can do. The improvisation by Petrucci and Rudess is something any musician should look up to. I'd also check out Suspended Animation by John Petrucci.
-Unstoppable Momentum (Joe Satriani)
This is Mr. Satriani's latest album release in 2013. While some fans of Joe think this album is to different compared to the others to be as good, I disagree. I think this is a truly remarkable album and shows that in fact, Joe Satriani has still "got it". To me it shows that the Satch man still has new music and fresh ideas after 30+ years of playing the guitar. I'd recommend several listenings of this great album, I always hear something new.
-The Story of Light (Steve Vai)
Longtime friend and student of Joe Satriani, Mr. Vai steps up once again and delivers an exceptional array of musical sounds in this album released in 2013. My favorite tracks are "Weeping China Doll" and "John the Revelator". I would definitely not let this album go unheard, there is nothing quite like Steve Vai's phrasing, use of the Lydian mode and weird, "out of this world sounds". Check it out.
Matthew Harnage is a professional music composer, and arranger who works out of Raleigh, North Carolina.