Dave Dick | Greenwood

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by Dave Dick

Engaging, memorable melodies written and performed on solo acoustic guitar.
Genre: New Age: Solo Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Prelude to Greenwood
1:22 album only
2. Greenwood
3:01 album only
3. Black Duck Rag
2:38 album only
4. Foggy Areas
2:44 album only
5. Curious
1:57 album only
6. Lemon Law Tango
1:40 album only
7. Prelude to Tides
1:02 album only
8. Tides
2:49 album only
9. 2 Am
3:15 album only
10. Belly Up
3:14 album only
11. H Street
1:55 album only
12. Tears with a Twist of Lemon
2:38 album only
13. Hope for the Future
2:32 album only
14. With You Alls Well in the World
2:10 album only
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Album Notes
Dave Dick, although known as an excellent bluegrass banjo player, has been composing tunes on the acoustic guitar for over 35 years. This album, Greenwood, is Dave's first collection of these melodies. The tunes are presented here unadorned by arrangement or additional instruments. Just the tunes, played solo in real time. From the warm beauty of "Greenwood", the thought-provoking "Tides", the sadness of "Tears, With a Twist of Lemon", to the whimsy of "Belly Up", Dave demonstrates a wide range of textures and emotions. Naturally, a few great guitarists have influenced Dave in his compositions, notably James Taylor, Pierre Bensusan, and Mark Knopfler. Dave is fully dedicated to the delivery of the melodies, rather than using them as a vehicle for improvisation. This sense of melodic integrity is what makes this music quite unique and enjoyable to listeners of all backgrounds.



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Walter Crockett

What a gem this album is!
I know Dave Dick as a world-class bluegrass banjo player, whose chops, wit, imagination and appreciation for tradition put wings to bands like Northern Lights and Salamander Crossing. But here he is with a marvelous batch of his own acoustic guitar compositions and nary a bluegrass riff in sight. (Well, there is a single G-run among the 14 songs, and if you listen closely to the album - which you will - you'll find it.)

But all the virtues that make Dave Dick a master of bluegrass are present in Greenwood's collection of uncategorizable tunes that explore the fertile land between folk, jazz, classical and the soul of Americana. Dexterity, superb intonation, impish cleverness, touch, precision, and even the ripple at the heart of bluegrass all report to work on Greenwood in service of a keening, searching melodic gift that surprises on every song.

On the technical side, all the songs are played finger-style on his gorgeously resonant Guild GAD30-PCE. Most are standard tuning. Only one, the sultry, jazzy "Tears, With a Twist of Lemon," has an overdubbed solo. The rest use a single right hand and a sprightly left to deploy bass, rhythm and lead.

But with all its virtuosity Greenwood is not about technique, it's about melody and music. Music that captivates you and takes you to a better place. A place you'll return to again and again, to find new and old delights with each listening.

Dennis Caussade

This is a great album
I really enjoy listening to this CD, and the guitar playing is outstanding. I just saw him play in concert, and he was awesome. I'm very happy that you were persuaded to record your music. I enjoy every song on this CD. I particularly like H Street and Tears with a Twist of Lemon. I recently drove for several hours , and I listened to this CD for literally 6 times straight. It made my drive much more relaxing. On a final note, you did a great job playing that jazz piece.

Mo F

Lose yourself in this delightful album
I listen to this wonderful music when I drive, and I find that I can listen to it over and over with a new experience each time. There is joy, melancholy, fun, intrigue, wistfulness, optimism - the full range of emotion in nuanced, intricate melodies. The pure guitar sound is refreshing, making me come back for more. Can't wait for future work to be produced and made available to the public!