Meet an acoustic guitar recording with something for everybody from GRAMMY winner and international Fingerstyle Champion Doug Smith. From the guitar pyrotechnics of “Two-Handed Paradox” to the gorgeous melodic interpretation of “I Swear,” Smith takes listeners on an incredible musical journey from flash to fanciful,Celtic to Americana and finishes with a classical duet…with himself!
Plus a bonus medley (The Great 60’s Television Medley) featuring a series of smile inducing arrangements of legendary themes.
1 Autumn Dance
2 Point of Contention
3 Magic Serenade
4 Two-Handed Paradox (solo version)
5 The Blue Duchess of Orange
7 I Swear (solo version)
9 MacAlistrum’s March
10 Red Rocking Chair
11 Moll Flanders Suite
12 Carthage (Grandma’s Porch)
13 Clair de Lune (duet)
BONUS: The Great 60’s Television Medley
14 Dick Van Dyke
15 Leave It to Beaver
16 Andy Griffith
17 My Three Sons
18 I Love Lucy
19 Mr Ed
Doug Smith, "Six-String Paradox," Solid Air Records 2012
Often, the sum of an artistic endeavor is greater than its parts. I would argue that both sum and parts of
"Six-String Paradox" offer a glimpse (or listen) into Doug Smith's enormous talent, sonic heart and expressive soul.
These parts include five new originals, two new stripped down interpretations of previously released tunes (one
original, one arrangement), new classical gems, a spot-on duet of Debussy's "Clair De Lune" featuring Smith and
himself, an arrangement from a Mark Mancina film score, plus a medley of television themes songs from American
TV of the 1960s... including the "Theme from Mr. Ed" for pity's sake!
Consider track three, "Magic Serenade" from American Composer Bryan Johanson. It is a study in paradox in and of
itself. Smith teases with a delicate oriental-tinged intro before drifting into a lilting and enchanting melody
that is infused with what feels like the delightful dancing of woodland fairies before settling into a
medieval-esque mood, revisiting those teasing open lines, and eventually resolving into a crescendo of deft
fretwork that is at once magical and mystical. It is seemingly absurd that these astutely played phrases and
melodies could hang together as a whole, but they do with such enchanting grace. Smith's powerful groove-laden
redo of "Two-Handed Paradox" which follows pulls us in an entirely different direction with a force that
counterbalances the delicateness of track three.
My favorite tracks are Smith's baroque flavored "The Blue Duchess Of Orange" and Fernando Bustamante's
oft-performed "Misionera"; the latter is a testament to Smith's impeccable speed, touch and accuracy.
He reminds us of just how mesmerizing this melody can be. Smith doesn't shy away from influences or pieces
that are standard repertoire for studied guitarists, and offers them juxtaposed with decidedly eclectic and
incongruent works embracing all and endowing them with his superlative execution, touch and sense of tone.
It is this convergence of eclecticism and artistry that makes "Six-String Paradox" an utterly enjoyable
listening adventure from Doug Smith the paradox-ician!
James Filkins MINOR 7TH.com