Lanny Cordola - Of Riffs And Symphonies

Sunday 1st August 1993
Lanny Cordola - Of Riffs And Symphonies

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
FORMAT: Cassette Album

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

If, like thousands of others, you view Cross Rhythms we-review-EVERYTHING policy as being the Official Guide To An Album's UK Availability (Who doesn't? Ed) you may have missed Lanny's rather nifty 'Electric Warrior Acoustic Saint' album last year because it slipped through the CR dragnet (Oh dear. Ed). On that album Lanny showed himself to be one of THE guitarists in pop-rock, surely the equal to Phil Keaggy with the ability to play a shredding metal solo one second and a Wes Montgomery-style jazz run the next. Here again eclecticism rules, and here again a casual listener is awed by the man's superlative technique, playing evocative Spanish flamenco on "YV", funky blues on "The Real Thing" (with a vocal by Phil Bardowell one of the three vocals on this set) and the engagingly catchy "Play It Again Shem". There are more hot guest vocalists, the House Of Lords' James Christian and blue-eyed soulman Jon Gibson, while the lowdown gospel closer "Lo I Be With You Always" features some great Darrell Mansfield harp. But this is a guitarist's album and nothing is allowed to get in the way of fingers flying over frets. Fine stuff.

The opinions expressed in this article are not necessarily those held by Cross Rhythms. Any expressed views were accurate at the time of publishing but may or may not reflect the views of the individuals concerned at a later date.

Interested in reviewing music? Find out more here.

Be the first to comment on this article

We welcome your opinions but libellous and abusive comments are not allowed.

We are committed to protecting your privacy. By clicking 'Send comment' you consent to Cross Rhythms storing and processing your personal data. For more information about how we care for your data please see our privacy policy.