Reynold D. Philipsek has released music for over 20 years and with a brand new album, his fans are sure to be anxious to hear what he is offering next.
The album begins with “July” where, along with his fantastic guitar playing, he sings. The song looks for a place where it always feels like July, which in this case means beautiful and warm. The song is basically an introduction to the rest of the album, and once the door opens, it’s 28 minutes of great songs and playing. He mixes up acoustic and electric sounds, while with “Bangkok Sunset” he busts out the metal vibe, brings in a horn section and strings and makes things even more heavier.
If the album cover is somewhat 60’s influenced, that’s on purpose. The liner notes indicate that was his intention, while also bringing back the vibe of French and Italian music. In fact, this sounds like music that needs the perfect movie, and I hope he will be able to find it in order to bring these songs to a visual life.
Reynold D. Philipsek is a guitarist who plays jazz and has a healthy discography and sessionography if you know where to look. For his new CD, it’s simply Philipsek and his acoustic guitar, playing the kind of music you might expect to hear on albums by Neil Young, Donavon Frankenreiter, Jack Johnson, and maybe a bit of Steve Howe. There are occasional classical touches in his playing, and that may come from loving the fluidity of Django Reinhardt‘s playing, but one thing is certain: this guy knows how to play. It may be an acoustic CD, but I found myself returning to some of these songs more than once.
This CD is 10 songs running a little over 26 minutes, so statistically speaking this is actually an EP. Add on 5 or 10 more songs and you’d have a proper album, but no need, it holds up as is.