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Australian guitarist/composer Albare strikes gold on new album 'Travel Diary'
(Published: February 23, 2011)

(Melbourne, Australia) Written by Robert Sutton. The man with the Midas fingers has returned; every note he plays turns to gold.

On his latest album Travel Diary, guitarist/composer Albare continues his exploration of self-discovery, peeling away the conventions of smooth jazz and revealing something new at its core. In this case, Albare has utilized the distinctive tones of Joe Chindamo's accordion to fill in the missing details of his immaculately drawn portraits. Together they create art that is alive and in constant motion. As with Albare's previous CD, After the Rain, the overall effect here is visual; his music is seen and not just heard.

A pioneer of acid jazz in the early ‘90s, Albare began playing music at the age of eight, when his parents gifted him with a guitar. "It never left me since then," Albare revealed. Indeed, Albare's lifelong adoration and fascination with the guitar is further explored on Travel Diary. On the opening cut, "South," Albare's sharp, stark acoustic riffs bend to his every command; Tony Floyd's tribal drumming and Chindamo's swirling accordion deepen its atmospheric qualities.

There has always been a dreamlike sensibility to Albare's music; it was apparent on After the Rain but even more evident on Travel Diary. It might be due to his acid-jazz roots, the sense of artistic freedom which initially fueled the genre's creation. The otherworldly groove of "Heart of Heart" captures that feeling of transcendence; it has that "out there" vibe not in a space rock or psychedelic way but closer to the sound of inner peace.

However, Travel Diary isn't just about cerebral exercises. "The Mind Reader" is particularly funky, and on "Blue Bossa," Albare lays down an incandescent blues tutorial.

Remarkably, Albare never shows off, doesn't bombard us with pointless, meandering solos. He places the greatest importance in the songs themselves; that alone makes Travel Diary a journey worth undertaking.

More Information: http://www.albaremusic.com

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