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GORDON GILTRAP & RICK WAKEMAN From Brush & Stone Voiceprint VP445CD (2009)

Gordon Giltrap

This collaboration is something both musicians have thought about for years. Both have an illustrious pedigree, and whilst Giltrap's career has not been as spectacular as Wakeman's (in the widest sense of the word) it is none the less for that.

'From Brush and Stone' takes its inspiration from painters and sculptors, 14 delicate classically-based songs. The first seven are written by Giltrap and inspired by painters (five of these compositions originally appeared on Giltrap's Brotherhood Suite album in 1987).

Each song features attractive Wakeman piano figures providing the theme whilst Giltrap embellishes with his immaculate guitar. 'Spring' even has a vaguely 'Katharine of Aragon' feel to it.

Wakeman's tunes are equally attractive and, as he writes in the liner note, he wrote his suite to allow Giltrap's guitar shine through. And that it does. In fact, on balance this exquisite album is more of a vehicle for Giltrap with Wakeman providing suitable orchestral textures as backdrop.

Two great musicians, one successful collaboration.


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Review by David Randall

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