Cullen exploring many various sides of
his musical inspirations through his own compositions. A robust
recording clocking in at 70minutes, this CD contains many different
elements of Cullen’s playing while all retain that unmistakable tone
and clarity of melody.
Cullen's acoustic-guitar pieces follow through on the eclecticism of
musicians like Ralph Towner, touching down in blues and folk before
adding superstructures of jazz chords and echoes of flamenco."
Jon Pareles/ The New York Times
CULLEN CONTINUES TO SET HIMSELF APART ON LATEST CD, "INDIGO BLUE"
Guitarist delivers some acoustic jazz that can best be described as "magical"
David Cullen , guitarist extraordinaire, has done it again.
The Jazz artist has just released another remarkable album.
"Indigo Blue" is an apt title for this acoustic nugget. In the liner
notes to "One Night , One Guitar", Cullen's previous album Cullen rhetorically
asks, "when was the last time you heard a live classical/jazz guitar CD?" That beautiful album deserves its accolades and "Indigo Blue" while not
"live" is yet another great reason to listen to an acoustic jazz guitar
When Cullen sits back , relaxes , and plays his own superlative material
, it can be magical. And if i had to review this CD in one word, "Magical"
would indeed be that word. From the Blues-inspire "Down Home" to the almost
new-agey (in a good way) "Ebb and Flow," this album never fails to please.
Cullen wanders all voer the place with his songs, never settling into
a typical hole. That said, he also manages to maintain the groove o feel
of the song throughtout. That is ,his jazz meanderings aren't just musical
mathematics. He follows the muse, while keeping the basic rhythms underneath
his improvisations- if that makes sense.
The highlights, in my view, include the title track, a piece borne of
experimentation that Cullen pulls off with a certain ease, belying its complicated
That , by the way, is the signature of a master-when he can make something
difficult and demanding sound simple, when he can get yoru toe tapping without
ever diverging from his experimental path. Cullen does just that continuously
thoughout this CD.
A case in point is the remarkably catchy and jazzy " Make The Room Move",
a veritable funk song on classical guitar. Few people could pull off something
like this with as much aplomb.
"Bela's Bounce" is another fine romp, dedicated to Bela Fleck. According
to the album's liner notes, Cullen finds Fleck's banjoo work appropriately
"astounding" He also hopes to capture some fo that magic in this tune. It is no disservice to Fleck to report that Cullen has done just that.
Even the lesser tracks, such as the unassuming "Good To See You", have
a beauty that filters through. This song is a sunny little treasure that
acts as proposed as a good introduction.
And this album works on several levels . That is , you can be doing
housework with this album playing on the background, and it acts as sort
of a musical wallpaper. Or you can listen with the headphones on , paying
intense attention to every musical detail. Either way "Indigo Blue" will
make its mark on you.