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Fabio Mittino and Bert Lams

Long Ago

Review by Gary Hill

This instrumental album is a strictly guitar duet kind of thing. It’s probably not progressive rock, but with California Guitar Trio’s Bert Lams filling as one half of the duo, it is a good place to put the set. This is fairly mellow and runs between classical, world music and more. I like this set a lot.

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Track by Track Review
Hindu Melody

There are some beautiful melodies built into this gentle composition.

Prayer of Gratitude
Much gentler and more classical in nature, this is no less pretty.
Armenian Song
Classical music and world music merge on this piece.
Long Ago in Mikhailov
This is intricate and a lot more energized. The old world sounds really shine on this number.

Gentle, intricate and pretty, this isn’t as mellow as the title might lead you to think it would be.

Movement 9
There is a driving, nearly classical, aspect to this piece. The guitar soloing seems to alternately climb and weave tapestries.
Carpet Weaving
Delicate and intricate world music is heard on this number. In some ways it reminds me a bit of Genesis.
Kurd Melody
Somehow I can hear some Genesis in this. It’s really quite magical in a lot of ways.
For Mr. Gurdjieff's Wife
Another song that’s a bit gentler, this is pretty.
Sayyid Dance
There are some great melodies on this cut. It’s a little on the slow side, but that isn’t a bad thing.
Song of the Fisherwomen
Energetic and rather catchy, I like this one a lot.
There is some real magic in the melodies here. It’s another with a real flowing energy.   
Movement 13
With a classical kind of styling, this is mellower, intricate and pretty.
Orthodox Hymn for a Midnight Service
Folk and world music combine here. For my money, this one might just overstay its welcome a little.
I love the playful world music sounds of this piece. In fact, it’s one of my favorites here.
A more textural piece in some ways, this reminds me more the kind of music Lams does in California Guitar Trio than anything else here does.
Sayyid Chant and Dance Nr 29
This is one of the most complex pieces on show here. It’s very classical, yet the folk and world music elements are largely at play here. There are segments that rise closer to rock music than just about anything else here, too.


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