Charley Rich | By Myself

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By Myself

by Charley Rich

Guitar-driven instrumentals featuring electric and acoustic guitars, bass and drums. Spicing up the tasty mix are horns, woodwinds and strings. The style is Jazz with a drop of Rock and a pinch of Folk blended in to add flavor
Genre: Jazz: Contemporary Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Disoholirag
3:21 $0.99
2. Friend
3:10 $0.99
3. Fine
3:38 $0.99
4. Once a Long Time Ago
2:45 $0.99
5. Wondering
2:05 $0.99
6. Daybreak
3:21 $0.99
7. Feathers and Pearls
2:35 $0.99
8. Time Again
2:53 $0.99
9. Madeira
2:17 $0.99
10. Riverfalls
3:34 $0.99
11. If the Sun Don't Shine, the Squirrels Don't Dance
3:25 $0.99
12. Mythology
4:31 $0.99
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All of the songs on this CD were written and performed by Charley Rich...though not at the same time. There are strong melodies, with guitar at the center, improvisation and a lot of color from horns and other instruments.



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Jonathan L Segal

A unique guitarist/composer
Charley Rich’s new CD, “By Myself” is, as Frank Zappa used to refer to himself, by “a composer who plays the guitar.” Zappa was a distinctive guitarist, and so is Charley. At times you can hear echoes of Joe Pass, John Mclaughlin, Jerry Garcia and Ralph Towner, to name but a few of Charley’s sonic influences, and yet, you always know it’s Charley, from the first note. When a composer plays all the instruments as Charley does here, you get a real window into the mind and ear of the composer.
Charley is a poignant melodist, something you rarely hear in modern music. His guitar playing is intimate, and he often favors back phrasing, bent notes, slides, and a variety of interesting timbres and touches. His electronic arrangements are like an aural version of an impressionist painting, with a jazz beat blended in.
Some of the tracks included are:
‘Wondering”- a swing tune with polytonal riffs.
“Time Again” – Cool congas, tympani and bass behind Charley’s haunting lead lines.
“River Falls” – Feels like an early Paul Simon folk instrumental.
“Mythology” – Crazy horns slip sliding and swinging with Freddie Greene/Basie-like comping. A great contemporary bebop tune. Reminds us of Weather Report and late Miles Davis. And here, Charley on one guitar trades fours with Charley on another.
“Friend”- twin Allmann Brothers-like guitars over a Bossa Nova.
“If The Sun Don’t Shine, The Squirrels Don’t Dance.” – A pretty theme moving into some fun funk.
Disoholirag- A rag based groove with a melody that would make a great French movie theme.
One can imagine these electronic orchestrations played by a real orchestra, and that might be an interesting idea for Charley to pursue in the future.
This would be a good CD to have in your ears when you’re hiking in the back woods. Kind of like nature with a groove. Meditative, but with lots of movements.

Jonathan L. Segal