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Tuesday, Jan 30 2018 | 20:54
Image: 1617751 ESP Disk present a special unreleased session from Robbie Basho, the mesmerizing Live In Forli, Italy 1982.

Vinyl Track Listing:
A1. Redwood Ramble 3:50
A2. Song of the Stallion 4:21
A3. The Grail and the Lotus 8:47
A4. German Chocolate Cake 2:36
A5. Interlude 2:05
B1. Cathedral et Fleur de Lis 8:13
B2. Pavan India 7:58
B3. California Raga 7:40

Personnel: Robbie Basho, acoustic guitar
Overview: Basho (1940-86), who died young after a stroke, never got his due in the culture at large, but steel-string
guitar enthusiasts have known for decades that he was one of the greats of "American Primitive." Technically adept and
compositionally imaginative, fusing the music of many cultures into a mesmerizing solo style, he has been an inspiration
for many, his music has generated a surge of interest in recent years. This 1982 concert was part of a four-show Italian
tour. It took place at the 18th-century Palazzo Gaddi that housed the local music high school and was mostly used for
classical concerts, in an intimate space co-organizer Mario Calvitti (whose memories of the events surrounding this
concert make up the bulk of the liner notes) says Basho called "one lovely little room where I could play all night." Only
previously released incompletely as a download, this show can now be heard in its full glory.

Press Quotes:
“Basho’s manic, hyperkinetic approach to playing, singing, songwriting and living in general have very few peers. …a
guitarist in need of a popular resurrection.” –
“Whatever bag he was in, he was in all the way. There was no holding back and no wobbliness at all. He just had the
ability to take you somewhere else.” Glenn Jones
“Robbie Basho was an angel. I don’t believe he was terrestrial. I would watch him play and be transported in a way I’ve
never been transported before.” – Will Ackerman

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