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Air Patterns

by David Pritchard

This acoustic guitarist/composer creates hypnotic minimalistic musical landscapes by intricate layering of guitar tracks.
Genre: Classical: Minimalism
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Inward Bound
5:37 $0.99
2. Long Goodbyes
5:06 $0.99
3. Clockwork #1
1:35 $0.99
4. Clockwork #2
1:42 $0.99
5. Air Patterns
6:37 $0.99
6. Dream Sequence
2:40 $0.99
7. Each to His Own
3:34 $0.99
8. More Patterns
6:42 $0.99
9. A Stop Along the Coast
6:10 $0.99
10. A Pale View
2:06 $0.99
11. Mercury Delayed
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Album Notes
In “Air Patterns”, acoustic guitarist/composer David Pritchard creates a mosaic of musical landscapes accomplished through the intricate layering of guitar tracks. The hypnotic, mesmerizing musical landscapes are characterized by shifting overlapping meters and sparkling melodic patterns.

Pritchard’s jazz and fusion roots inform many of the pieces on “Air Patterns.” David has performed with vibist Gary Burton, ex-Mother of Invention Don Preston, pianist Billy Childs as well as recording two fusion jazz albums under his own name for Inner City Records which also featured Patrice Rushen and Freddie Hubbard. Pritchard’s current work is also featured on the latest CD “Spin” by the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.

In “Air Patterns”, Pritchard has moved his musical course out of the jazz realm and into a new and unique acoustic musical environment. “Air Patterns” makes for an exquisite listening experience not to be missed. Here is praise for “Air Patterns” as well as for one of his other releases “Unassigned Territory.”

Air Patterns (Molecular Music MM10012)
“One of those precious albums that cuts through the dross...”
John Diliberto, CD Review

“His imagination runs rampant, resulting in thick yet shimmering tonal textures...”
Guitar Player

Unassigned Territory (Zebra Acoustic Records)
“There is a spaciousness and forward momentum to Pritchard’s designs that makes his simple but detailed compositions sound cinematic.”

“...By turns wistful, sorrowful, enchanting and always melodic, the music transcends such tired terms as “new age.”
AMG All Music Guide



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Ed Oliver

Air Patterns
David has always had a habit of surprising you. This CD is no exception. While it tends to be a little repetative in places, it was nice to get back to something that strongly reminds me of Terry Riley's 'In C'. It's not a good CD to listen to while driving on some long stretch of highway but its still very nice.

Tamara Turner, CD Baby

David has a tangible way of transporting you beyond the guitar, the sound of it and particularly, its contextual associations. From the opening number, with cascading musical lines evoking water or wind playing with trees, he instantly engages the feeling centers, bypassing the mind’s impulsive need to scope things out and participate. He goes right to the emotional heart of the music, removing his instrument from a family of instruments, from any prior preconceptions and simply moves through its voice with mesmerizing grace. The guitar is no longer the sound of the guitar, but instead, a language which only your body and heart speak and which is so abstract to your brain that it tunes out beautifully. Composing for multiple guitars, Pritchard builds intricate and yet natural textures of interplaying counterpoint but in the most organic sense; there is a distinctive ease about his writing and performing. Definitely with a minimalistic approach, his lines easily move in, out and around each other with a purpose that is transfixing and dramatically lulling. While they’re not really “songs” or “pieces,” these explorations in theme, color, mood and emotion have bright and bold personalities, from clever and assertive to sleepy and enormously broad. Don’t be surprised if your mind starts taking you towards spirals and images of infinite waves. Whether it’s intentional or not, Air Patterns is an ideal album for disengaging and unplugging from the agitations of daily life, allowing the listener to fall back into an arm chair of sound.

Raymond Palmer

Air Patterns