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Islands by Sean Driscoll Group

This is Sean's second release, and already he is showing how not only his guitar skills, but his writing skills have developed over the past couple of years. Backed by an excellent group, Sean displays his relaxed yet musical style of playing. The entire CD features track after track of beautiful tunes that carry the listener to another dimension. Beauty, lyrical, and cohesiveness are three words which describe this music.

The opening selection, Half Circle, Half Square features some nice piano work from Patrik Andren. I guess you could say the Lyle Mays of the group, in terms of exploring new territory and careful structure of the solo work. Sean's guitar is lean, and flowing throughout. In fact all of the selections are originals of Sean.

Sax player, Bill Vint is featured throughout No One To Tell. Driving the tune over bar after bar of finely honed chops that serve not only the selection, but the band well. Integrating his spirited style of playing into this arrangement.

Watch You Fly reminds me a bit of John Abercrombie. Dark, mysterious, with a hypnotic feel to the composition.

Sean who currently makes Boston his home, marches to the beat of his own drummer. This is refreshing when you consider how difficult it is these days to maintain some semblance or originality. Sean has a great future ahead of him.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Sean Driscoll Group
  • CD Title: Islands
  • Year Released: 1998
  • Record Label: Independent
  • Musicians: Sean Driscoll (guitars), Bill Vint (saxophones), Patrik Andren (piano, keys), Carlos Sanoja (bass), Antonio Sanchez (drums), Doug Hinrichs (percussion)
  • Rating: Five Stars
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