Phil Keaggy, Wes King, Scott Dente - Invention

Wednesday 1st April 1998
Phil Keaggy, Wes King, Scott Dente - Invention
Phil Keaggy, Wes King, Scott Dente - Invention

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
LABEL: Sparrow 8516632

Reviewed by Martin Emerson

The trio have been touring the States recently. This is the album that showcases their work together. The distinctive style of Phil Keaggy certainly makes its mark on the album, especially at the beginning, but the influence of Wes King and Scott Dente can be heard as the album progresses. Scott Dente's talent is especially noticeable on "53 Days In June" where he plays all the guitars. Keaggy likewise performs "The Quote Jester" on his own with just one acoustic guitar. Yet it is tracks like "Angel Treads" where the trio weave together the sounds of their acoustic guitars over a simple rhythm and "Budapest Control" with its inventive mixture of sounds, which do not just show the trio's talent, but also their ability to perform together so well. This is not the best work of either Keaggy. King or Dente; but with musicians of their standard, it is still a great album and in time may well earn the status of being a classic.

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