Mike Pardew: Welcome Home


Welcome Home


Mike Pardew (guitar)


Azul (AFAN0005)


Mike Pardew (guitar),

Damian Erskine (bass), Micha Kasell (drums)


Composed by Mike Pardew


Recorded: Portland, OR, 2007


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

This track from Portland, Oregon's up-and-coming fusion guitarist offers a poignant, somewhat whimsical improvisational piece in 6/8. After an emotionally charged bass solo following a simple introductory figure reminiscent of Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair," the guitar takes over in a spacey, contemplative bit of harmonic extrapolation. There's nothing flashy in the ensemble's playing, no one is trying to make every bar a virtuosic event; what you get is playing from the heart, not the theory books: a soulful tone poem all the more listenable for the honesty of the players. "Welcome Home" could be the soundtrack to the many bittersweet reunions we all have experienced.

Reviewer: Bill Barnes

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