Emile Menasche | Overtones

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by Emile Menasche

Think of it as "acoustic chill": This collection of contemplative contemporary acoustic instrumental pieces draws every nuance of the guitar's complex and beautiful tone in styles that draw from jazz to blues to folk and Latin.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. River Run
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2. Overtones
4:18 $0.99
3. Marisol
3:30 $0.99
4. Amy's Song
2:07 $0.99
5. Watercolor Winter
3:09 $0.99
6. Chasing Butterflies
3:02 $0.99
7. Goodbye Porkpie Hat
4:01 $0.99
8. Grenagh Twilight
2:30 $0.99
9. She Waits and She Whispers
2:45 $0.99
10. Summer Dress July Rain
5:07 $0.99
11. The Jig Is Up
2:38 $0.99
12. Cleansing Breath
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13. Snow Drift
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14. Riley Rides Up Front
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15. Overtones (Reprise)
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Album Notes
“Menasché is a writer who has done music for films, and this is a beautiful set of acoustic music that evokes many moods, most of them quiet. Musically, there’s a mix of Latin, jazz and folk that works wonderfully with Menasché’s mastery of the guitar. It’s simple and comforting music in a day when it’s needed.”—John Heidt, Vintage Guitar, December, 2009.

Recording with master engineer and producer Rich Tozzoli (Al Di Meola, Wynton Marsalis), Menasché played a selection of character-rich vintage instruments in an effort to capture the naked guitar in all its harmonic richness, with a minimum of electronic interference. The result inspired the title of this collection: Overtones, an album the celebrates the complex sound of the acoustic guitar.

Though Menasché works in many styles, the acoustic has remained the instrument he turns to express unvarnished emotion. Inspired by artists like Ry Cooder, Tony Rice, John Fahey, Kottke, Michael Hedges, Doyle Dykes, Jorma Kaukonen, Will Ackerman, Bert Jansch and Jimmy Page, Menasché found a voice on the instrument that's both evocative and visual. The acoustic has played a major part in his film scores for such projects as John G. Young's feature Parallel Sons, and James Spione's documentaries American Farm and Our Island Home (Spione's photographs adorn the album's front cover).

For Overtones, Menasché also drew inspiration from other instruments: The electric guitar work of Bill Frissel; the spacious, Miles Davis unhurried rewriting of jazz on In a Silent Way; the voice-like warmth of John Coltrane's saxophone on Ballads; and the sensuality of the work of Antonio Carlos Jobim added shading to the colors on Overtones.



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carol m.

Acoustic guitar music has always strongly appealed to me; I'm a longtime fan of Leo Kottke, John Fahey, and Jorma Kaukonen, not to mention Segovia and other classical guitarists. Emile's work on this CD earned him a spot on my favorites list. The sound is warm and gorgeous, the music deep and emotionally rich. Highly recommended!

Ritche Deraney

Congratulations to Mr. Menasche on his beautiful work of Art. He remembers that it is about the music and the soul. Keep it going!!!!!!!!!

James Spione

I've been a fan of Emile’s music for many years, but his latest work, a beautifully crafted tour-de-force for solo acoustic guitar, far surpasses anything he’s done before in terms of the sheer audacity of his compositions and the technical brilliance of his playing. "Overtones" is nothing short of a career breakthrough.

Sean McDevitt

Excellent album and highly recommended
Some truly fantastic instrumental work on here -- many layers and textures, with great hooks and melodic ideas throughout. This disc is in heavy rotation on my stereo. As an added bonus, it seems to have a very calming, soothing (and welcome!) influence on sometimes-fussy five-month-olds who are unwilling to go to sleep!

As an on-again-off-again"industry" type, I spin dozens of releases each year. This one gets a permanent place in my library.

Rick Anderson

Captivating Instrumentalist
I had the pleasure of seeing Emile perform these songs live, and was mesmerized. I bought his CD "Overtones" at the show and it is one of my favorites. He is a wonderful instrumentalist and a gifted song writer. Emile also has a captivating style in his cover songs; "Goodbye Porkpie Hat" is a perfect example. Less evident on this album is Emile's ability as a rocker; his Country, Blues and Rock licks range from unique to classic. Rock On, Mr. Menasche!

Anne Isaaks

Can't get enough of Emile Menasche
Heartfelt, technically beautiful, and mesmerizing music. If I were a filmmaker, he'd be scoring my work. Menasche's brilliance and prodigious gifts radiate throughout. Dynamic, soulful, and the ideal soundtrack to my working/driving/downtime/canoodling life. All I can say, is, I want more.

Candace Taylor

Emile Manasche has captured the very heart and soul of acoustic guitar while putting his own unique touch to this classic instrument. "Overtones" reveals itself through a variety of rythms, woven beautifully with gentle yet unforgettable melodies that are truly intoxicating. Looking forward to what comes next from Mr. Mansche. In the meantime, Overtones has earned it's place on my gift list for family and friends. A must!