"The Mounting Flames of GUITARFIRE"
GUITARFIRE is spreading throughout the Chicago area, gaining acclaim for smokin’ hot, yet accessible acoustic music with a Mediterranean flavor. The repertoire ranges from jazz and Latin out to world music (Greek, Slavic). You’ll hear originals influenced by virtuoso composers–Corea, Gismonti, Di Meola etc – plus well-known pieces and standards. Experience the passion of elegant arrangements and inspired improvisation! Although the musical reach of Guitarfire spans many decades there is a timelessness and pure acoustic beauty to the sound, from brooding modal chants to Latin rave-ups spiced with pure Habanero!
If you like acoustic trailblazing albums like McLaughlin’s “My Goal’s Beyond” or Michael Hedges’ “Aerial Bondaries”, give GuitarFire music a listen. It is muscular and diverse. Richly melodic and NOT just a guitar-jock showcase. Nor does not rely on a single gimmick like “whapping or tapping” or trendy ethnic/world branding (“Unruguay meets Yemen” where “most of the tunes are in 21 !/3 ,, can you count?) In a word, GuitarFire is beyond genre but very user-friendly. Just sweet string power.
Their new CD “Guitarfire” showcases the talents of Jeff Burns and Gregory Dobrov in a range of moods from contemplative to exuberant. These original compositions are delivered with a confidence nd bravado that communicate pure joy; and what a thrill, in an acoustic setting, to hear Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra) whose easy grace hides the sophistication of his craft! The trio moves from an intricacy charged with the potential of a coiled spring to floating over a dream-like soundscape.
GUITARFIRE featuring Gregory Dobrov, guitars - Jeff Burns, guitars - Jerry Goodman,violins.
What some others say:What the music director at KCSM-FM, San Mateo, CA says about GuitarFire: “I love it, have played one side this week [Wed. morning, 8/27], will do more…I also asked Chuy to add it, it IS that good! “
"I love it, have played one side this week, will do more...I also asked Chuy to add it, it IS that good! " -Alisa @ KCSM, San Mateo-
"Treat for the evening - brilliant music!" -Jacqueline Long-
"Like their name, these guitars are on fire! The sound is ever changing and very vibrant it's great dancing music. Some songs make me feel like I'm in Ireland, some Spain, some France and some Italy. Each song has a part I love and want to keep replaying over and over. I highly recommend it!" -Sandra Simovic-
"The production values on this CD are excellent. The musicianship on this CD is just phenomenal. These guys have loads of technique as well as a superb feel for the notes. The songs cover such a range of emotion... from languid to frantic to contemplative to fiery to ethereal and more. The players shift from mood to mood with an effortlessness that is sheer, laugh out loud delight. Dobrov and Burns are exquisite guitar players, while Jerry Goodman's legendary reputation, dating all the way back to his days with John McLaughlin and Mahavishnu, is well-deserved. These guys -- Goodman, Dobrov and Burns -- ARE world class. And their music is compelling, enriching, horizons-expanding and rollicking fun! Especially for a lover and player of the guitar. I return to these pieces again and again, never settling on a favorite and hoping that this volley of Guitarfire will be the first of many!” -Alan Miner-
"I'm nibbling on the samples of each track that Amazon has offered and after hearing the third track, I'm afraid I can't listen to any more... SAMPLES! I'm sold... This CD is a serious showcase of what is possible with a beautiful, but beefy, sounding acoustic guitar. I'm a metal head from way back, so I enjoy me some head-banging, but there's nothing like hearing things stripped down of all it's distortion and fuzz and hearing an acoustic lead run that to me, is WAY better than some metal scale trilling at 250BPM." -John Dougherty-