Steve Howe: Part & Parcel


Part & Parcel


Steve Howe (guitar)


Motif Vol. 1 (Howe Sound 1)

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Steve Howe (guitar).

Composed by Steve Howe


Recorded: Mississippi, early 2008


Rating: 96/100 (learn more)

Guitarist Steve Howe returns to his bluegrass roots for a lovingly captured session of solo picking on "Part & Parcel," and Howe enthusiasts have come to expect these results.

The tune features a variety of doublestops, chordal resolves, and countrified licks that combine with jazz sensibilities and conventional music theory. The playing is not too cryptic for comprehension, and the piece is timed just barely over three minutes. It consistently entices, as Howe handles the changes alone and shows that he can cover both lead and rhythm parts simultaneously. Of course, such a comping scheme is the basis of jazz guitar, but at least Howe isn't merely playing stereotypical jazz chords or figures. It sounds as if this piece has been a part of his repertoire for years, as he slices and dices the motif and their embellishments with similar grandeur.

"Part & Parcel" may be easy to play on guitar, but its multi-dimensional approach alienates neither amateur listeners and musicians nor those more experienced. The track is quite pure, and, as far as the Steve Howe discography is concerned, it doesn't get much better than this.

Reviewer: Marcus Singletary

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