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by Hank Easton

Powerful yet pleasant to the ear, the electric guitar work on this CD is astounding and memorable.
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Freeway
3:08 $0.99
2. Orange Roughy
5:52 $0.99
3. Ave Maria
6:46 $0.99
4. Just Before Dawn
3:41 $0.99
5. El Niño
4:18 $0.99
6. Coming Home
7:25 $0.99
7. Red Snapper
5:02 $0.99
8. Funk Me
5:16 $0.99
9. Hysteria
4:53 $0.99
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Album Notes

The powerfully adventurous instrumental album “11” features Easton on the electric guitar. Nine tracks of high-energy guitar fusion with his smokin' band! Influences coming through on this album include Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Johnson, Larry Carlton, and Joe Satriani, to name a few!

This stylistically diverse, technically intricate collection lets Easton showcase his blazing talent. With incredible speed, yet not relying on a whole stack of effects, Easton uses his fingers to produce a stunning variety of tasty licks that rip it up on “Orange Roughy,” “El Niño,” “Coming Home” and many more. Easton’s uniquely electrified but reverent arrangement of Franz Schubert’s 1825 classic “Ave Maria” is another dazzling treat on this disc. The rich and varied tones are produced by his modified Ibanez guitars (Roadstar Series and Artist).

Live performances of the “11” tracks with the Hank Easton Group, and his lead guitar work with a Steely Dan tribute band, have garnered him wide critical acclaim and a cult-like following of devoted fans, many of whom are guitarists themselves. Check out live video clips on Hank’s website (www.hankeaston.com) and on You Tube. Listening to “11,” you get to hear Mr. Easton really cut loose. Crank it up!

Hank Easton

A musician who has been labeled “San Diego’s best kept secret,” Hank Easton may not be able to hang on to this moniker much longer. The secret is quickly coming out of the bag. Arguably the best guitarist in the San Diego area, he is rapidly attracting fans worldwide to his unique style of jazz-pop-rock-blues-fusion guitar playing and songwriting. With the release of three new CDs of original music in just the past year, Easton is destined to become a important figure in jazz/rock guitar and composition over the next few years.

Easton has spent nearly his entire life with a guitar in his hands. Originally from New York, Easton began playing guitar at age five. He was classically trained at The Cleveland Institute of Music from early childhood until age 17. During those years he also began playing electric guitar, counting among his influences the premier guitarists/artists of the time—Hendrix, Jeff Beck, Steely Dan, Carlton, Benson, Clapton, Howe, Santana, Frampton, and others.

Already a seasoned club guitarist after graduating from The Ohio State University in 1985, Easton decided to move to Southern California. He continued developing his own style and gaining new fans. While Hank has sustained his love of classical music and acoustic guitar, he is known mostly for his prowess on the electric guitar.
Easton's artistic fluency and versatility as a guitarist immediately established him as an in-demand performer, sideman and studio musician on the Southern California circuit. In addition to his solo guitar work he has a four-piece fusion band, “The Hank Easton Group,” which displays all facets of his guitar work. Easton is currently the featured guitarist in San Diego's most popular award-winning tribute band, "The Steely Damned."
Aside from live performances, Easton continues producing in his studio. The first new recordings since “Show Me A Sign” in 1995, Easton recently released three new CDs: “Snapshots,” “Nylon and Steel” and “Eleven.” Currently, he is also writing and recording for television and film.
It has been said that “you can’t keep some secrets for long.” Now you are in on it too!



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I can't get over this guy's chops. The electric version of Ave Maria is tasteful, reverent and absolutely revolutionary. When you hear this kind of virtuosity, you think "he must have sped up the tape in the studio," but I have seen him live and he is the real deal. You can check him out on youtube to see for yourself. When I see Hank play, I feel like taking my guitar down to the storage area permanently! Just superhuman... and fantastic to listen to. Anyone who can play all those Steely Dan solos from all those guitarists can be in my band anyday! I think any guitar lover will truly revel in these originals. Extremely tasty stuff, not just spinning of the wheels.... and if you give this CD a listen, you will know what I mean.

Brian Last

I was impressed right from the start with what i saw and heard on You-Tube Anyway any "Major " dude who can capture the feel of those Dan songs Is A-ok by me so I bought a couple of Cd's I've been telling my friends in Sydney about Hank - I hope we can fire up enough interest so there is a cult following in Sydney - We may have a tour here yet !! nice style and feel in the Larry Carlton style - Keep up the good work and I hope more material is released. Cheers from Blasty from OZ

Randy Moore

"11" is Guitarist Hank Easton's Masterwork
I have waited a long time to get new material from San Diego guitarist Hank Easton. His last CD was released in 1995. In the meantime, he has been astonishing fans (including me) at his live performances for 15+ years. Now we finally have a collection of original (one cover) high-energy jazz/blues/rock fusion from this materful guitarist.

"11" is the volume level where this instrumental album should be played. Easton's a guitar player with such great technique and tone. Shades of Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani, Eric Clapton and others can be heard throughout.

While there isn't a weak track, some of my favorites are "Orange Roughy" and "Red Snapper" (collectively his "fish tunes"). His cover of the classic "Ave Maria" is also amazing. On top of this, the production and sound quality are also superb.

Eleanor Roth

11 is a guitar lover's gem!!!
You should buy this CD if you are a fan of Jeff Beck, Eric Johnson or any other stellar guitar player! Hank Easton gives them all a run for their money! This is a seriously good CD!!!

Jerry Kirkpatrick

On a scale of 1 to 10, this is an "11"
If you are a fan of instrumental guitar artists, Hank Easton is a must add for your collection. Influences such as Robben Ford, Steve Morse, Larry Carlton, and others can be heard, yet with Hank's tasteful chops and hot licks, he maintains his own unique style. This CD is a great listen that leaves you wanting more. I look forward to new releases from Hank and associates!