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International Steel Guitar

by David Belmont

Relaxing and inventive instrumental interplay between David Belmont's world dobro and Brent Arnold's eclectic cello.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Bamboo Scaffold (feat. Brent Arnold)
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2. Dreamscape (feat. Brent Arnold)
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3. I Can't See Your Face In My Mind (feat. Brent Arnold)
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4. Escape From Spiderhead (feat. Brent Arnold)
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5. Lazy Tune for Leo K (feat. Brent Arnold)
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6. Alizadeh: Emanation (feat. Brent Arnold)
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7. Alizadeh: Evolution (feat. Brent Arnold)
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8. Alizadeh: Elevation (feat. Brent Arnold)
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9. Alizadeh: Entropy (feat. Brent Arnold)
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10. Alizadeh: Echoes (feat. Brent Arnold)
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11. Guhahamuka (feat. Brent Arnold)
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12. Watermelon in Easter Hay (feat. Brent Arnold)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
On International Steel Guitar, David Belmont returns to original World/New Age material. The album features David on dobro (on every track!) and the stellar cello playing of Brent Arnold. The material was all written or arranged in a 6-month period between mid-July, 2013 and mid-January, 2014...an experiment in compressed creativity.

And we're quite happy with the results. Bamboo Scaffold, inspired by an old vinyl record of Chinese music from the 1960s, is the first recording of unaccompanied instrumental music that David has released. A centerpiece of the album is the spontaneously composed tour de force Alizadeh, a 26-minute duet in which Brent and David weave sonic tapestries based on various Persian melodies from the Iranian master musician and composer Hossein Alizadeh (check out some of his CDs on CD Baby).

As has been our wont, there are a couple of eclectic cover tunes in the mix: an acoustic psychedelic version of The Doors' I Can't See Your Face In My Mind and a chamber arrangement of the Frank Zappa classic Watermelon In Easter Hay. Special shout out to Dweezil and Zappa Plays Zappa for performing this beautiful composition as the encore at their Halloween, 2013 Beacon Theatre show. Had to work it up after hearing that!

Even some African sounds on this CD. The tune Guhahamuka was developed during the rehearsal process for Katori Hall's Children of Killers at the Castillo Theatre. Kudos to director Emily Mendelsohn and the young/youthful cast. And for fans of American solo guitar music, we have a piece in the style of Leo Kottke.

Hope you enjoy this latest world adventure!


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DooBeeDooBeeDoo NY

David Belmont With With Brent Arnold...An Experiment In Compressed Creativity
CD Review by Dawoud Kringle (http://www.doobeedoobeedoo.info/?p=25991)
New York City based guitarist / composer / producer / co-director of the Castillo Theatre David Belmont has a history of producing music from ambient soundscapes, jazz / rock / world fusion and avant garde jazz. In International Steel Guitar, joined by Brent Arnold (cello) and Michael Walsh (keyboards), he takes things to musical places not normally associated with the Dobro guitar.

The CD opens with the most unlikely piece playable on Dobro; a Chinese zheng inspired piece titled “Bamboo Scaffold.” Belmont’s use of harmonics in conjunction with standard slide technique is remarkable and quite beautiful. From the start, Belmont proves himself a musician of imaginative technique and extraordinary musical sensitivity. He seems to find an excellent way of exploiting the instrument’s inherent acoustic properties, and is not afraid to experiment with acoustic and ambient noises.

Throughout the CD, the compositions make use of the popular and arcane musical possibilities of the Dobro. The interplay between the Dobro, Arnold’s cello and Walsh’s keys work very well together. There are some interesting uses of overdubs and other effects that are not overbearing or ostentatious. (On “Escape from Spiderhead” some backwards Dobro slips in before you notice, and then slips out the back door.) “Alizadah” takes the Dobro for a jaunt into the realm of Eastern music, for which it seems quite well suited (I imagine it’s only a matter of time before a raga musician uses the instrument for this).

All the compositions are Belmont’s, except a spooky version of the Doors’ “I Can’t See Your Face in my Mind” and a stark take on Frank Zappa’s “Watermelon in Eastern Hay.”

The CD’s only flaws are the presence of the string / slide noise on the Dobro (being a guitarist myself, I understand how this happens, and how hard it is to avoid), and the occasional inconsistencies with the vocals. But these are not off-putting in the end. International Steel Guitar is quite remarkable. Belmont made a pulchritudinous musical achievement.
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