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Michael Gargiulo

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Instrumental Rock Shredder Looks To The Future

Michael Gargiulo submitted his CD-R demo, entitled Transitions, featuring 13 rock/hard rock/shred instrumentals and two short solo sections. Another skilled guitarist with a large arsenal of contemporary shred techniques and a good, solid vibrato, Gargiulo's compositions stand out as being more dynamic than many of the demos reviewed here. His favorite approach is to start the tune in a mellow fashion, then end with a heavy and powerful section. When not shredding, Gargiulo trys to be melodically profound - and succeeds more often than not. He also goes the extra mile at times to make the solo sections sound different from what you might expect. All the tracks on the demo were recorded on Gargiulo's home PC. It would be great to hear Gargiulo's work in a few years if he keeps developing his composition and production skills, perhaps with a collaborator or two.

alb Michael has been playing guitar for about 14 years. Self-taught, except for a few local lessons, his influences include Marty Friedman, Steve Morse, Kee Marcello, Tony MacAlpine. Michael's songwriting influences include anything that catches his ear, whether it be a classical piece, a heavy metal tune, or music from a video game. He continually strives to improve his playing technically and melodically.

Until recently, Gargiulo had not thought about taking his music beyond the hobby level. He may join a rock or progressive band in the near future if the opportunity presents itself.

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Michael Gargiulo
965 Elms Common Dr., Apt. 401
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
United States

E-mail: Michael Gargiulo

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Andrew Kelly Back

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Blazing Instrumental Funk Rock

We don't get too many instrumental guitar CDs in that also feature impressive sax work as well, but that helps makes Nashville's Andrew Kelly Back stand out. His CD-R of eleven funky yet heavy instrumentals is entitled Don't Taste The Air, and even though Back has changed his musical approach since recording these tunes, the music holds up as good listening, each piece being distinctive and colorful. Unlike a lot of guitar players, Back can play equally well slow or fast (his overdriven and clean solos are equally phatt). "Fullcourt" and "A Dance With A Little A" are imaginative compositions, and a slower number "Kaleidoscope Waltz" is another real gem, with plenty of soulful playing. The CD-R also features some impressive playing from the other musicians, notably Aaron Sterling on drums and Chris West on sax and flute.

pic Andrew began playing guitar in 1984. Hearing three guitarists changed his life: Steve Vai, Eric Johnson and Steve Morse, and started him on his personal musical quest. Andrew attended Three Rivers College majoring in music, while participating in bluegrass barn jams in the foothills of the Ozarks. He went on to study classical and jazz at Southeast Missouri University and Belmont University. Later, a friendship with guitarist Shawn Lane taught Andrew more about music than he could ever learn in school. He currently is most heavily influenced by jazz pianist Keith Jarrett.

Currently, Back is writing and rehearsing with a Jazz/R&B/Fusion band, as well as planning a number of CD projects he hopes will expose him to a larger audience. His goal is to have people listen to his music and make their judgements about it and let it take them where they want to go.

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Andrew Kelly Back
700 Patricia Dr., Apt. D4
Nashville, TN 37217
United States

E-mail: Andrew Kelly Back

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