Whoa…not another album of guitar greatness!
What do you get when you put Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society), Brian Tarquin (Guitarist and Composer), Doug Doppler, Doug Stapp, Chris Poland (Megadeath), Alan Holdsworth, Joe Satriani, James Ryan and Hal Lindes on one recording?
One word: Magic
Guitar Masters Series 1 is the name of the recording.
Guitar Masters Series 1 is the standard to how guitar instrumental recordings are made today for any aspiring guitar player that is looking to develop a musical style.
There are so many great fusion and instrumental recordings popping up constantly. It is unfortunate that the musicians on them sometimes do not get the mainstream attention. In fact, if it was not for Spotify we would have never discovered this recording that was released back in March of this year.
The recording starts with an incredible version of Stevie Wonder’s I wish by the always amazing Zakk Wylde and session bass great, the late Randy Coven (Yngwie Malmsteen, Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai and many others). Brian Tarquin and Doug Doppler got together with bass shred extradinarire Billy Sheehan (Mr. Big, Steve Vai, The Winery Dogs) to pay tribute to Jeff Beck with some insane guitar exchanges in Blue Wind. The greatness continues with Doug Stapp covering the Edgar Winter classic Frankenstein. There is some serious guitar work done by Chris Poland and Brian Tarquin as they play Tarquinius Maximus. It goes to a whole new level when Alan Holdsworth gets in on with another out of this world bass player, David Hines to play Antilla.
We learn about about a brotherly dynamic duo, The Flyin’ Ryan Brothers after hearing Gaza. These two brothers basically take turns all of the instruments between the two of them. Just when you think the action is over you get Joe Satriani and bass hero Stanley Clarke playing Hair. Brian Tarquin returns with Randy Coven to play a smooth and sweet version of 86th Street. The album ends with another smooth track, Monday Blues by James Ryan and classically inspired Ricarda by film score composer Hal Lindes.
This recording has a very diverse group of musicians that have brought a lot to the table. Some of these musicians we would never expect to play in the styles that they played. However, they all pulled off one great guitar instrumental album. As I am writing this article I am listening to it again because I need that taste. I hunger for that energy again because it feels like a wild ride in an attraction park. It is available all over the internet and can be purchased at amazon. Go check out Guitar Masters Series 1 now if you want the same adrenaline rush and guitar inspiration. Enjoy!
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