Fingertip Ship (CD) ~ Richard Leo Johnson (Artist) Cover Art

Fingertip Ship

By: Richard Johnson

Current Price: $9.27

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DISC 1 for Fingertip Ship Album By Richard Johnson
1   Heart Of Palm
2   Glidepath
3   Tony Bennett
4   Mother's Day
5   Thirteen Year Emergence Suite: Bluefield
6   Thirteen Year Emergence Suite: Get Funked
7   Thirteen Year Emergence Suite: Cicada
8   Thirteen Year Emergence Suite: The Filing
9   Jaco Morocco
10   Synthetic Blues
11   Heart Of The Beast
12   Prometheus Meets The Digital Age
13   Empitsu No Uta

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With all his incredible virtuosic technique, and a boatload of imaginative tunings and improvisational structures, Richard Leo Johnson falls squarely into the "where''ve they been all these years?" file. Johnson, a professional photographer whose interest in the acoustic guitar compelled him to practice and play constantly, has devised multiple unique tunings and fingerings, turning his double-neck acoustic into far more than the sum of its strings, chords, and customary harmonic possibilities. Where the late Michael Hedges once walked, Johnson is now sprinting, playing at frantic speeds with pile-ups of notes and hard-strummed concatenations making the ear race to follow. For all the tunings and preparations, though, there are eminently warm moments, albeit ones that will fascinate the ears of the adventurous and the guitarophile equally: "Prometheus Meets the Digital Age" is full of middle-low register playing that invokes a Dobro before going into clipped repetitions that sound unreproducible. Johnson is a magical talent and perhaps the next in a short line of guitar greats--a line that includes Hedges, Derek Bailey, Pat Metheny, Sonny Sharrock, and precious few others. --Andrew Bartlett

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