of easy octave leaps, scalar runs and singing legato abandon...builds
to a hair-raising
crescendo with Avinger unveiling his nastiest grunge tones...an
inpressive instrumentalist. - Bill Milkowski, JazzTimes Magazine
music blends elements of rock, jazz, andblues into a real jam. Erich
has a unique
style, one that clearly raises him to master level. He
is up there with guitar greats from the jazz, rock, and blues world.
JEFF BECK, ERIC JOHNSON, and PAT METHENY already, you can
add other greats like STEVIE RAY VAUGHN, PHIL KEAGGEY, R. SMITH,
and many other truly great guitar geniuses. 'Poets, Misfits,
Beggars, and Shamans' is a powerful product, one that presents inspired
clean notes, and a personal style. Now if only the mass
public can get a taste of this great talent. A great guitar based
CD. Must listening.
Recommended. The Critical Review
style of solo rapture by providing chordal flavorings and a progressive
watercolor chordal underpinnings... stirring tour de force...
an avalanche of electric guitar fire power."
-- Gavin Magazine
"A very unique and personal sound, a melt of different influences from jazz
to rock, from world music to flamenco, from new age to blues. Avinger has excellent
technique, but his concert is not based on an easy spectacularity or virtuosity
as an end to themselves, but rather on a continuous research of atmospheres,
structures and musical paths in which to find new solutions and emotions... an
artist gifted by great intelligence and an absolutely personal style."
-- La Republica (Rome, Italy)
"...without a doubt, one of the finest guitar based albums that I have listened
in a long time... brilliant."
-- Option Magazine
"If youre adventurous and open to innovative compositions, heres
take notice of... hes going places"
-- L.A. Jazz Scene
"A shoo-in as winner of both the Best Electric and Acoustic Guitarist awards"
-- Public News
"A gorgeous effort... Avinger is a master at reworking melodic themes within
song... Avingers songwriting is strong and majestic... the most arresting
-- Houston Post
"An excellent synthesis of all that is the guitar from a jigger of Django,
a hint ofHendrix, to moments of Metheny, all overlaid in compositional counterpoint
worthy of the masters."-- Kaleidophonics Syndication
"From the moment the album starts, Erich makes you aware of his music prowess.Weaving
together intricate melodies on his acoustic and electric guitars, hecaptivates
the listener."-- Texas Music News
Avinger is one of those rare artists who creates his own art... extraordinary
beauty in the compositions that causes one to return again and again... a genuine
originality that transcends style and pierces to the heart.
-- Aaron Howard, Public News