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Time at Hand

by Martin Paris

Instrumental acoustic finger style guitar with some tracks adding electric guitar, bass and one with cello that evokes styles of Celtic, blues, folk, pop, and ballads reminiscent of Tommy Emmanuel and Laurence Juber.
Genre: New Age: Contemporary Instrumental
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Time at Hand
3:59 $0.99
2. My Soulfull Love
2:41 $0.99
3. Open Skys
4:05 $0.99
4. That One Fine Day
3:40 $0.99
5. Brothers in Tune
3:27 $0.99
6. Forever with You
3:07 $0.99
7. Through the Trials
4:19 $0.99
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Album Notes
Martin Paris is a contemporary acoustic finger style guitarist. Drawing on inspiration from California’s pristine wine country, under layered by a strong faith and family, Martin brings his versatile array of original material and adds his unique style to some familiar favorites. His music takes you on an instrumental journey by blending pop, rock, folk, blues and ballads. Listeners and fans have called the music catchy, toe-tapping, beautiful and profoundly thought provoking.
Martin was first taught guitar by his father at age twelve. Shortly thereafter becoming influenced by such artists as Eric Clapton, the Doobie Brothers, James Taylor and Loggins & Messina. As he honed his craft, finger style influences included Laurence Juber, Tommy Emmanuel, Peppino D’Agostino and Acoustic Alchemy.
Martin has three projects available and released on Solid Air Records, a Grammy award winning label, “Turning Point” “Guitarist Off The Vine” and “Acoustically Speaking”. Recently he recorded "One Acoustic Christmas" featuring traditional Christmas music. His latest EP "Time At Hand" features new original compositions with some accompaniment on a few tracks.
Martin has opened concerts for Grammy winning guitarist Laurence Juber, Peppino D’Agostino and singer songwriter Karla Bonoff. He has performed on KCBX and KRUSH radio and KSBY television in San Luis Obispo.
Minor 7th Review:
Martin Paris's Time at Hand is one gorgeous album. Although the seven original pieces equal less than a half hour of music, the CD feels full and complete and carries emotional weight. The music is varied, immaculately played, deeply satisfying. Paris hails from California's wine country, and there is something relaxed and laid back in the music, which blends elements of folk, blues, and even rock. Paris gets a remarkable crisp yet warm tone, excellent sound quality, and a deep reverby resonance that lend intensity throughout. Just listen to the longing expressed in the beautiful melody "Forever with You," or the chimey sounds that contrast with the depth of the bass notes on "That One Fine Day." The title track starts off with a MidEastern vibe that segues into a traditional finger-picked melody with a kind of call and response bluesy refrain. There's something about that repetition that seems to warn, time's moving on! On the very sweet "My Soulfull Love," written for his wife, the love really shines through the delicate picking and a run of sparkling arpeggios, while on "Open Skys," a spirited piece that seems infused with optimism, you feel the wide open spaces. It has a terrific interplay of instruments: resonant bass from Kirk MacLane, Paris's gentle acoustic, and the exhilarating electric of featured performer Kelly Powers (Martin Paris's bandmate). Paris is joined by his brother Brandon on another of the strongest pieces on the CD, "Brothers in Tune." Though the sounds of each guitar are quite different-- the acoustic deeply resonant, the electric searing--the guitars both cut to the quick as they find a way to the heart. On "Through the Trials," which was written for Paris's grandfather before his death, the guitar moans while the cello, played by Bob Liepman, underscores the sadness and love that infuse every note. That Paris counts Tommy Emmanuel as an influence is obvious from his technical mastery and his melodicism. But most of all, Paris's greatest strength is the depth and emotional resonance he achieves.
© Céline Keating



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