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by Daryl Stuermer

Edgy, instrumental Guitar driven prog/fusion/rock
Genre: Rock: Instrumental Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Striker
4:52 album only
2. Masala Mantra
4:10 album only
3. Greenlight
3:59 album only
4. Dream In Blue
5:42 album only
5. Breaking Point
4:25 album only
6. Urbanista
6:34 album only
7. Heavy Heart
5:19 album only
8. Meltdown
4:34 album only
9. The Archer
4:24 album only
10. Omibus
3:38 album only


Album Notes

Daryl Stuermer releases new solo album, his first with an international record company
Review from Geneis-News

Go. A simple title. And very much to the point. Daryl Stuermer, tour guitarist with Genesis and Phil Collins, has been releasing solo records since 1988, amongst them an album called Another Side Of Genesis containing instrumental versions of Genesis songs (read the review here). But while he played almost all over the world with Genesis and Phil Collins, his solo activities remained restricted to Wisconsin in the United States. Daryl lives in Milwaukee and he lives for the music. Genesis will always be his biggest job, though he has also worked with big names such as Jean-Luc Ponty. Now he does it all solo….

Go is a purely instrumental album. It does not take a rocket scientist to predict an enormous density of fast guitar solos. Daryl recorded the album without a singer, because, as he told us in the interview, such a record would have to be a collaboration as he himself is not a singer. Go is pure Stuermer.

Though the album had already been finished last autumn [2006], negotiations with InsideOut Music, who will publish the album on either side of the Atlantic, and strategic considerations were the reasons that the album is released only now, in April 2007. The album will go on sale in Germany on April 20 and three days later in the rest of Europe. Release in North America is on April 24. There will not be much time for promotion as Daryl will begin to rehearse with Genesis at the end of April and then go on tour with them. Only in October may he find the time to play concerts with his own band and promote Go . But it may well turn out that the publicity a Genesis tour generates for his own person, too, is actually not too bad for Go .
There is another familiar name on the album, too. Leland Sklar, currently with Toto and bass player on many of Phil Collins' tours, plays on six songs of the album. Another musician involved is Kostia, a Milwaukee keyboarder originally from St. Petersburg, Russia, with whom Daryl recorded an album of Billy Joel cover versions in the 90s. Where Leland does not play the bass, Eric Hervey takes over while John Calarco plays the drums. Except for Leland, all the musicians come from Milwaukee.

Go consists of ten songs ranging from three and a half to six and a half minute's length. Seven of the songs were written specifically for this album. The other three are from unreleased tracks from 1974 and 1980 brushed up for the record.

- Striker
- Masala Mantra
- Greenlight
- Dream In Blue
- Breaking Point
- Urbanista
- Heavy Heart
- Meltdown
- The Archer
- Omnibus

The very first notes of Striker clearly show where this album is headed. Daryl sound more down to earth than on previous albums. He also plays far more riffs. Rock sounds are garnished with typical Stuermer solos usually played very fast on the album so that Go soon picks up speed. This style of playing the guitar solos produced energy, says Daryl, energy he kept up throughout the album.

The keyboard sounds in the album are very conspicuous, particularly so on Greenlight and Dream In Blue . These songs resemble Toto's from, say, the 7th One album from the late 80s. Daryl's soft spot for keyboard sounds from the 80s becomes evident on most songs.
Masala Mantra is an exotic piece building on rhythms and melodies from the Far East. Heavy Heart is a very balladesque piece. Daryl told us in the interview that Phil Collins may perhaps write some lyrics for this piece. Heavy Heart has neither lyrics nor a singer on Go and leaves one wishing it had. A vocal version of it would have been nice, though Daryl plays his guitar as on the Another Side Of Genesis album, in a very melodic way that imitates a singer, as it were.

Go shows how much fun a technically brilliant guitarist had playing these pieces. Some of the pieces should have been developed into real songs with a singer. Heavy Heart in particular shows Daryl's enormous potential as a songwriter. As it is, Go is a solid effort, a technically excellent record by an exceptional guitarist. Musicians will enjoy Go most, all others may find it more difficult, though not impossible, to get into the album. It would be a welcome change to hear some of Daryl's solo material live. Perhaps the opportunity will come after the Genesis tour. But that's still a long long way to Go …



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L Bart

Its about time!
GO DARYL GO!!! THIS is the album I've been waiting for. Daryl's songwriting and playing get better with every new release. If you enjoy remarkable lengthly melodic phrases played with the fluidity of a rushing stream of notes, this is an album you will enjoy.

Kostia's keys, John Calarco's slick drumming and Eric Hervey's wonderful bass lines are the perfect counterpoint, balance and anchor for the delightfully digitally dexterous Dr. Daryl.

This mans music has always been the perfect prescription for anyone who has the blues. You'll be hooked on your first listen.

So GO buy it. Right now. You won't be disappointed.


A great demonstration of virtuoso guitar playing.
I bought this CD curious about the Genesis session man's solo material, and wow! This guy can play. In Genesis he fills the shoes of the legendary Steve Hackett, and does this well copying Hackett's style. In this solo album he is not driven by following another, he plays fluently in a style very much like Brand-X. If there is a criticism, then it's perhaps a little too clinical, and perhaps one or two vocal tracks would have improved this. Overall 4 stars, and one extra because he signed it! Thanks Daryl.

Irene B

GO!... WOW!
I had the pleasure of seeing Daryl for the first time here in Milwaukee Sept 2008 at Northern Lights Theater. I was awestruck at his performance level and guitar virtuouso. I had never heard of Daryl before, as I am not a Genesis fan. However he now has a \"forever fan\" after seeing his show. I\'m an intermediate blues guitar student, and his guitar playing is inspiring. He\'s a true professional and I look forward to more of his instrumental CD\'s. Keep up the great work, and I hope it\'s not long before Daryl does another concert in Milwaukee.

Richard P.

Very Cool!
Darly new cd is a must have for Genesis or Phil Collins fans. He is a such a talent. Enjoy!


Quite simply - Brilliant! I sense touches of Weckyl, Gadd, Colaiuta; a real fusion sound with breathtaking guitar solos.

Thank you DS; I knew I would not be disappointed.

Gene Steinman - Daryl's Biggest Fan

"Go" Starts strong...Ends Strong!
Daryl Stuermer's new CD is the pinnacle live experience in the studio. Though not a live album, the experience will leave you with the since that you exited a Daryl Stuermer Band concert except; there is no clapping. One very strong cd with ten songs, "GO" ends the way it started...AWESOME!

Tim Hemsworth

I love it. Awsome guitarist.
Very enjoyable cd with great recordings.

Dale DeVene

Keep up the great work Daryl!
I was excited about GO when I first discovered it and really like it now that I have it in my hands! Another outstanding effort with great melodies and guitar riffs. The band is really tight and it shows from the moment the CD starts! Just an outstanding effort from start to finish! There is no doubt Daryl is one of the premier guitarists today! Thank you for more great music!