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Standing Next To a Mountain - a tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix

by Steinar Gregertsen

A tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. I Don't Live Today
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2. Angel
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3. May This Be Love
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4. Drifting
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5. Remember
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6. Manic Depression
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7. Bold As Love
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8. Belly Button Window
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9. Pali Gap
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
I discovered Jimi Hendrix on the day he died, September 18th, 1970.

I was only 11 year old at the time, and the TV news showed footage from his appearance at the Monterey Pop festival,- while my parents shook their heads in disbelief and disgust, I was overwhelmed by the powerful presence captured inside the old black & white TV, almost threatening to set it on fire just like he did to his guitar.
Maybe I realized the impact of this moment back then, I probably didn’t, but no other single artist/musician has had such a profound influence over my musical development.

As I’ve grown older I have learned to appreciate and love a wide variety of music and artists, but I have always returned to Hendrix and his music for inspiration.
My intention with recording this project has been to 'pay back' a tiny little share of what his music has meant to me through my life and career, and to focus on "Hendrix – the songwriter", a talent often overshadowed by "Hendrix – the guitar genius".

I recommend everyone who wants to hear “Hendrix played ala Hendrix” to buy and listen to his original recordings. Even 40+ years after they were recorded they still sound amazingly fresh and inspiring.
This album is a compilation of songs played the way they appeared to me as I worked with them, often surprising me in the process. To me, that’s the proof of great songwriting,- songs that live their own life and never cease to inspire. Again and again.

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Bill Winner

Standing Next To a Mountain
A fantastic tribute to Jimi Hendrix. It's a great compilation of Hendrix songs done in a variety of genres and styles. Steinar reminds us of the great songwriter and musician, that Jimi was. The message in the music is the same and eternal. It is so tastefully done that I know Mr. Hendrix is smiling with this release. I am!
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Bill Milkowski / The Absolute Sound magazine September 2010

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Countless guitar slingers have paid heartfelt tributes to guitar god Jimi Hendrix. None, however, surpasses this one by Norwegian guitarist Steinar Gregertsen. He has the requisite chops to pull off such an audacious project, and his deep love of Hendrix’s music comes across in every soulful reading of every potent tune. But it’s his creative arranging and inventive layering of guitars that make this far more than just another wellmeaning collection of Jimi covers. A slide guitar demon, Gregertsen flaunts jaw-dropping command throughout. His version of “I Don’t Live Today” opens as a haunting acoustic guitar Delta blues meditation before erupting into a full-blown, heavy-metal barrage with his lap steel fed through distortion and wah-wah pedals. His lyrical reading of “Angel” cleverly opens with the riff from “Burning of the Midnight Lamp” before smoothly segueing to the oft-covered power ballad. An intimate reading of one of Jimi’s loveliest ballads, “May This Be Love,” features the fragile, forlorn voice of Claudia Scott, who also appears on a gentle lap steel-vocal duet of “Bold as Love.” Gregertsen lets his guitar sing the plaintive melody of “Drifting,” which he delivers with uncanny feeling. On the quirky side is a bluegrassy version of “Manic Depression” played by dobro and banjo.
Bill Milkowski
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Ian McWee

Standing at the pinnacle of excellence!
I've been a slide guitarist for over 30 years and currently involved commercially with all aspects of the slide guitar. Steinar's new C.D. here is truly breathtaking ~ the arrangements, touch, tones & slide-playing are truly world-class. Every mainstream slide style is here on one C.D....electric rock-slide; sweet acoustic slide ballads ~ combined with lovely vocals & an excellent choice of material this is a must for every serious slide guitarist to own.

If a fledgling guitarist asks me to recommend just one C.D. to experience every mainstream slide syle, played by a true master of the instrument ~ this C.D. will be my #1 choice of recommendation. :o)
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Barry Cleveland / Guitar Player Magazine February 2011

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Covering Hendrix tunes - let alone recording a whole album of them - is risky business. Yet in this case, the superb musicianship, sublime tones, and superlative arrangements justify the effort. Gregertsen's lap-steel and weissenborn playing are particularly majestic, effectively evoking Jimi's aestethic without becoming derivative.
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Dwight Mark

A fresh experience of old musical master by a new musical master.
This is a stunning album from beginning to end. Steinar's range of tones captures the beauty and raw power of Jimi's tunes and the instrumentation creates a colorful and dynamic soundscape. I love the vocals with Claudia Scott. Steinar's application of the acoustic and electric slide guitar capture the simple, emotional voice that only he and the acoustic Hawaiian lap guitar can bring, and then he squeezes out the evocative howling and wailing with his touch of the steel slide. In between the wah wah driving tunes and luscious ballads, is the clean and funky "Remember" with some very tasteful twangy guitar riffs and a song that you want to crank up driving in your car and groove down the road. "Standing Next To a Mountain" is a fresh experience of old musical master by a new musical master.
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John Heidt / Vintage Guitar Magazine, September 2010


It's a testament to the music of Jimi Hendrix
that people still record it, and somewhat amazing that people like Steiner Gregertsen
find new ways to interpret it. This record features Gregertsen mostly on lap steel, with some guitar, and it works wonderfully.
His one-man string show starts with "I Don't
Live Today" and it's a good sign of things to come, starting as a country-blues played on acoustic lap before getting loud and nasty with ringing slide guitar. He does the same with the criminally ignored "Angel", the Hendrix ballad that here gets the full treatment in an instrumental rendition that includes big, sweet sounding lap steel that hints at the melody. His take on "Drifting" uses various guitars while creating the melody and soulful solo. About the only six string he doesn't handle is on "Remember" where Tom Principato comes in with an almost chicken-pickin' solo before Gregertsen finishes on lap steel. "Belly Button Window" becomes a stomping blues-rock tune that actually gets jazzy on the solo. Another guest, Espen Larsen, adds very nice acoustic soloing to "Pali Gap". His soloing mixes with Marianne Rodvelt's vocal and Gregertsen's electric and lap steel to round out the song.
Gregertsen is a fine player and interpreter. It's nice to hear someone focus on Hendrix as songwriter, not just his guitar skills.
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Robert Silverstein / Music Web Express 3000

"Possibly the greatest tribute album to the music of Jimi Hendrix ever"
It takes a lot to blow me away musically these days. Not that there isn’t a lot of great new music around and hungry, up and coming guitarists, musicians and singers who make it, but when I heard there was a new CD from Norwegian guitarist Steinar Gregertsen—in fact, a 2009 album tribute to the music of Jimi Hendrix—I sat up and wiped the mist from my eyes. Jimi was the Jesus Christ of the electric guitar world and although there’s millions of great guitarists in the world, no one touches Jimi's brilliance even 40 years after his tragic mortal demise. Mixing the finest elements from Jimi’s world of rock, psychedelia, blues, jazz-fusion and soul music, Steinar has recorded possibly the greatest tribute album ever to the music of Jimi Hendrix. I had the honor to review Steinar’s 2006 album Southern Moon Northern Lights while I was reviews editor with 20th Century Guitar mag. As great as that album is, Steinar’s Hendrix tribute is simply stunning and I’m sure Jimi is smiling down at the excellent work on this CD. Steinar’s forte is instrumental rock but his work on Lap Steel guitar, slide guitar, bass and vocals just carries this baby over the finish line with grace. Steinar gets backup from top players like drummer Tom Rudi Torjussen, vocalists Claudia Scott and Marianne Rodvelt, fellow guitarists Tom Principato and Espen Larsen and more. Steinar also takes the lead vocal slot on the lead off cover of “I Don’t Live Today” while the instrumentals—for instance the other-worldly cover of “Drifting”—just sends spine-tingling shivers throughout my entire body. With so much to like and admire here, Jimi Hendrix fans are urged to pick up on this brilliant tribute album from Steinar & company.

http://www.mwe3.com/reviews/Steinar2010/
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