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Dennis Rea - Views From Chicheng Precipice

Few art forms give a more visceral insight into a country’s culture than music. Removed from the often times distracting and generic commercial visuals, music has a way of soaking into our conscious mind like no other art form. It’s frequently a more direct link to our emotional core.


Guitarist Dennis Rea’s musical trip to the east in Views From Chicheng Precipice has just such an impact. For those that have visited the wonders of the east, it’s an intuitive reminder of the memory and for those yet to experience the area first hand, a wonderful enticement.

Rea has such a facility on his chosen instrument and has surrounded himself with such authentic players that it becomes much more than just a technical exercise. The song’s basics have a root in tradition but the improvisational nature of these extended tracks give the listener the chance to add their own imagination to the journey.

This is music that sets forth an aural carpet studded with luminous points and challenging textures. It’s also most probably unlike anything else in your record collection and for that reason alone warrants further investigation.
Rob Hudson
www.dennisrea.com


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