Peter NeriNerivanna 9701
A review written for Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
Night Visions is labeled as an album of eleven acoustic guitar instrumentals. That is like saying a box has cereal in it. The question is - does it contain Rice Crispies or Trix? In this case Night Visions is like shredded wheat with tabasco. Neri has played both rock and classical guitar professionally. This album of original acoustic-guitar pieces composed by Neri over a short period of time is a fusion of those styles (Do water and oil mix?), along with some blues, jazz, and country, as well.
Neri is a great guitarist. His compositions on Night Visions range from listenable to very good. There is a lot of string slapping and sliding on many of the numbers. Lone Warrior is the best of the rock/blues/classical fusion on the CD. "Slap Happy" has an infectious calypso beat on a 12 string guitar (at least it sounds like one was overdubbed.) A couple of classical-flavored tunes are well done, especially Dream of the Little Princes with violin accompaniment. Party in the Hen House has a John Fahey feel with lots of bottle slide work. Traffic Jam is a mixture of jazz/classical and country, with some nice violin by Spencer Lewis.
The album is hard to pin down. Just when you have your rock/blues mind set in place, Neri switches to Segovia mode. If you get used to that, he throws in a little flamenco and a little jazz or county. The key to enjoying this album is not to approach it with a preconceived notion. Just sit back and take it in. You'll find yourself digging it out for another listen.
Edited by: David Schultz