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Tomas Karlsson | Zen Guitar Songs

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Zen Guitar Songs

by Tomas Karlsson

Music inspired by Philip Toshio Sudo's Zen Guitar philosophy. Instrumental jazz in a lot of flavors - meditative ballads, afrojazz, blues, country, funk, grunge, metal, pop, even a tango...
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Blue Tango
5:03 $0.99
2. Summer Pursuits
5:12 $0.99
3. Our Man in Sweden
3:46 $0.99
4. Lighthouse
5:02 $0.99
5. Sensei & Unsui
3:20 $0.99
6. One Man One Song, Pt. II
4:15 $0.99
7. Gung Ho
5:39 $0.99
8. Tilda
5:12 $0.99
9. Wood Anemone
3:57 $0.99
10. Gimme a Break
4:44 $0.99
11. The Missing Link
3:02 $0.99
12. Without Words
6:07 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tomas Karlsson - acoustic & electric guitars, baritone guitar; Tom Forsman - electric guitars, melodica, steel guitar; Kenneth Nordman - electric bass on tracks 3- 11, acoustic guitar; Stefan “Kilju” Lindblom - electric bass on tracks 1, 2 and 12; Stefan Brokvist - drums on tracks 1, 2 and 12; Oskar Nilsson - drums and percussion on tracks 3- 11; Tobias Hurwitz - guitar solos on The Missing Link.
Cover art by Tomi Lepistö.

The music usually paints a feeling, and idea or a landscape/ scenery. The attitude is jazz, the music is very heavily based on improvisation. There is an original idea, a composition and then the music is created by the musicians together. The styles covered are meditative ballads, afrojazz, blues, country, funk, grunge, metal, pop, even a tango. The music is recorded “live” in the studio, much like Miles Davis’ "Kind of Blue" sessions. There were no rehearsals before the studio sessions and the versions of the tunes on the album are the second or third version ever played by the band.

Tomas’ own tunes on this album express a lot of feelings and strong feelings and every tune has a story. The concept is vivid, cinematic, painting music and it is easy to dream and see pictures to the music. A visual artist has commented that it is “perfect music to listen to while painting”. There is always an idea behind each tune, but Tomas does not want to give that away, he wants to let everyone see and think what he/ she wants.

Tomas likes to make instrumental music because it leaves more to the listener – everyone can see his/ her own pictures. Tomas also thinks that you have to dare when you create art – if you don’t bleed and spill your guts, you might just as well not make anything is his philosophy.

I don't try to sound like anyone else. I don't imitate when I write music. Why should I - the world does not need imitators, it needs originals. When I write music I am much more inspired by other things than other people's music - I am inspired by visual arts, books, feelings, films, humor, nature, people, thinking, traveling and philosophy...

So, listen to the music and let it take you places - daydream, fall asleep, feel, dance, sing, meditate, make love, paint pictures, make a movie, think, write - whatever... If you really have to know what I have thought or what the songs are about, you can find the "spoilers" and read about the songs at my website. But, really, I think that the most important thing is what you make out of the songs and what they mean to you... :-)



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Stäni Steinbock

Amazing Zen Guitar Album!
I love guitars.
This album is a guitar album - full of guitars. I love it.

Yes, there are drums, too, and even a melodica on one or two tracks, but they complement the guitars excellently.

The guitars are starring and shining.

Shredding is kept to an absolute minimimum - this album is rather about melody, harmony and sound.

But what's a zen guitar anyway? Well, it's a guitar tuned to D A D A A D instead of the usual E A D G B E.

Isn't that a limitation? Well, listening to this album this writer would say it seems to be
rather a source of inspiration.

But an album full of guitars? Can it be interesting?
Yes, indeed, and it's also a very varied album:

Moods go from the gentle melancholy of Blue Tango to the playfulness
of Tilda to the stubbornness and ...er ... gung ho of Gung Ho,
the menace of The Missing Link and the sheer beauty of Without Words - a wide range indeed!

A highly recommended album.