An album (yes it actually is also available on 180 gram vinyl in a very limited signed edition) that reflects two-time GRAMMY winning guitarist Juber's jazzier side as well as his pop and rock leanings!
A masterful solo guitar release ..... the Editor in Chief Michael Molenda of GUITAR PLAYER MAGAZINE noted " The melodies he coaxes out of an acoustic guitar are absolutely spellbinding"
1) Cry Me A River
2) Twilight In Montreal
3) Nobody Does it Better
4) Under An Indigo Sky
6) All The Things That You Are
7) Raining In My Heart
8) Mrs. Robinson
9) Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
12)As Time Goes By
13) The Other Side Of Midnight
REVIEW: Vintage Guitar Magazine
Juber has compiled 14 songs for solo guitar- some standards, some more current, and several originals. And each and every one of them is a wonder. Juber uses all of his weapons. He mixes bass notes with melody flawlessly, throws in chords to keep things moving, and even on several cuts uses the guitar's body as a percussion instrument. There's a laid back feel to tracks like "Cry Me A River" and his original title cut. He makes the oft-recorded "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" sound like it was written for just this kind of treatment.
On "Runaway" he takes the familiar descending chord pattern and turns it into an acoustic masterpiece. He even cops the keyboard part that propels the Del Shannon original.
Juber draws every bit of emotion out of several classics. "Autumn Leaves" gets a moody treatment and his playing on "Smile" is every bit as lovely and poignant as the lyrics.- JH
Laurence Juber, "Under an Indigo Sky," 2013
Although guitarist Laurence Juber is a first-rate composer for his instrument, he's also gained recognition by
arranging and playing solo versions of others' works, including giants as diverse as Lennon & McCartney, Harold
Arlen and Jimi Hendrix. Comprised mostly of popular love songs, "Under an Indigo Sky" continues in this vein. Juber
opens with a supremely bluesy take on Arthur Hamilton's "Cry Me a River", which he's often played in concert over
the past few years. He follows this with the first of four originals, "Twilight in Montreal," which starts as a
reharmonized 12-bar blues, used as a vehicle for improvisation. Three other originals, "Under an Indigo Sky",
"Juno", and "The Other Side of Midnight", allow Juber to marry pop sensibilities with his keen arranging skill and
muscular technique. The remaining covers reveal wide-ranging tastes, including Marvin Hamlisch's "Nobody Does it
Better", Del Shannon's "Runaway", and Paul Simon's "Mrs. Robinson". Standards "All the Things You Are", "Autumn
Leaves", and "Smile" each receive a novel treatment. In sum, this group of tunes adds breadth to Juber's solid
reputation as a top interpreter, innovator, and composer for solo steel-string guitar. And, as with his other work,
it makes for great listening.
Patrick Ragains MINOR7th.com