Steve Baughman | 2010 | Life in Prism Review |
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Steve Baughman latest CD, “Life in Prism,” has been described as “more of the same”. That’s doing a real disservice to the collection of well crafted melodies, clean playing and delicate fills.
From his arrangement of Jay Ungar’s “Ashokan Farewell” to the Indonesian favourite “Bengawan Solo”, Steve’s fingerpicking comes to the fore. That’s not to say his clawhammer style is far off. “Julie Ann Johnson” allows him to open up and the percussive style drives the rhythm whilst carrying the melody.
But my most favourite parts are the slower, more subtle tunes. You can hear his appreciation of “Fanny Power” and the forementioned “Bengawan Solo” in the pregnant silences. It is truly where you can appreciate Steve’s talents in how much he chooses to leave unplayed. For the listener to imagine.
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