Marty Friedman's "Introduction" is a richly textured musical tapestry that combines the atmospheric, ethereal qualities of keyboard-oriented New Age and space rock with a tightly woven assortment of guitars. Friedman's approach is very much influenced by Eastern and Japanese music, and other exotic elements, and the compositions on "Introduction" display his emphasis on musicality and originality. The CD is fully orchestrated with instruments such as the violin, piccolo, cello, koto, shakuhachi, and piano as Friedman invites you to burrow deep into your favorite listening chair and slumber to a set of dream-like musical waterfalls as relaxing and soothing as they are totally unexpected, smart, emotive and technically sharp. "Introduction" not only offers something to Friedman fans and guitar fans, but achieves a quality which transcends genre classification, leaving listeners in awe of Friedman's musical prowess.
|Marty Friedman||Guitars, Production|
|Brian BecVar||Piano, Keyboards, Additional Sound Replacement|
|Alex Wilkinson||Additional Orchestration, Additional Engineering|
|Don Menza||Shakuhachi on "Bittersweet"|
|Sachi McHenry||Cello on "Bittersweet"|
|Charlie Bisharat||Violin on "Bittersweet"|
|Steve Fontano||Production, Engineering|
|Mike Varney||Executive Production|
|Jared Johnson||Engineering Assistance|
|Seth Cooperrider||Engineering Assistance|
|Kenneth K. Lee, Jr.||Mastering|
|Annie Calef||Art Direction, Graphic Design|
|Dave Stephens||Art Direction, Graphic Design|
|Recorded at Total Access Recording, Redondo Beach, CA. Additional tracking at Alex Wilkerson's Studio, Shadow Hills, CA.
Recorded November, 93 - December, 93.
Mastered at Rocket Lab, San Francisco, CA.