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Listening Diary

François Couture, Monsieur Délire, September 26, 2011

It took Tim Brady five years to complete 24 Frames, a series of 24 solo and duo pieces for electric guitar and electronics. On record, 24 Frames is split across two separate releases. Released earlier this year, 24 Frames: Trance features the last six “frames” on a CD accompanied by a DVD. 24 Frames: Scatter features pieces 1 through 18 on two CDs. Disc 1 contains six duos with members of Bradyworks and Quasar, plus other musicians. Jazz singer Karen Young is the most surprising duettist here, in Frame 1: Scatter, but the best track is Frame 2: In Almost Unison with baritone sax player Jean-Marc Bouchard. Disc 2 features 12 short pieces for solo electric guitar grouped in three cycles, with and without electronics — a tour de force that brings back the fact that, beyond his symphonies and multimedia projects, Tim Brady remains an exceptional guitarist and a commanding composer for his instrument. Recommended.

… a tour de force that brings back the fact that, beyond his symphonies and multimedia projects, Tim Brady remains an exceptional guitarist…