Duck Baker: Everything That Rises Must Converge


Everything That Rises Must Converge


Duck Baker (acoustic guitar)


Everything That Rises Must Converge (Mighty Quinn MQP 1117)

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Duck Baker (acoustic guitar).

Recorded: Date Unknown


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

For “Everything That Rises Must Converge,” Duck Baker adapts his highly developed fingerpicking style for free-form jazz. Originally appearing on his 1980 tour de force Art of Fingerstyle Jazz Guitar, this later version (recorded sometime in the late 1990s) is by the artist’s own acknowledgment not as tame as the earlier rendition.

An exception to the wholly rootless nature of other tracks recorded for the album of the same name as this composition, “Everything” retains the basic original beautiful melody. The really interesting aspect is how Baker wanders off of it to arbitrarily explore tonal paths, opening up more facets of his amazing technique along the way.

Hearing a master acoustic guitarist like Duck Baker open up and cut loose is a guaranteed delight, but to do so while completely retaining his character is better still.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron

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