Dave Nachmanoff - A Certain Distance

A Certain Distance

Dave Nachmanoff


Troubadour Records
P.O.Box 4111
Davis, CA 95617

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Moshe Benarroch

Production by Don Conoscenti, with a guest appearance by Ellis Paul, and a song co-written with Al Stewart are just some of the components of this CD. Stewart even plays and sings a duet with Nahmanoff. If you have heard all these artists it will give you a very good idea of the territory in which Nahmanoff's music lives: very sophisticated songwriting, clean guitar playing, rich, textured instrumentation and top notch singing.

If you are wondering, like I was, about the song he co-wrote with Al Stewart, it's a historic song titled "The Loyalist" that could very well fit into Al Stewart's masterpiece from the 70's, "Past Present and Future":
They say that revolution is an anvil, where freedom must be forged
They said that I should fight for freedom, But I owe liberty and life to King George
So once again we had to flee
taking just what we could carry To try once more
This song tells the story of Adam Bower who fled persecutions in Germany and arrives in the Americas where he faced persecutions again and again...

A Certain Distance" is Nachmanoff's third CD. It follows the 1996 recording Candy Shower, and 1998's Snapshots. His first CD is very influenced by Ellis Paul, while Snapshots is a live CD recorded in one evening with friends. Distance is the most accomplished CD in Nahmanoff's career, and his multi-instrumentalist talents are spread all over it. I found that he takes too much from other artists and still has some difficulty in defining his own peculiarity. In many songs he seems to put too many instruments together to make it sound like a full orchestra, and it becomes too much music for his song or his voice. The arrangements, although interesting, stand between the song and the listener instead of helping the message come across smoothly.

I think that Nahmanoff is very close to coming out with a breakthrough recording that will have him stand apart from many other songwriters. He's got all the right ingredients as a singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. I recommend this CD to people who like David Wilcox, Ellis Paul and Don Conoscenti. Al Stewart's fans will not be disappointed either, if they still buy records.

Edited by Roberta B. Schwartz

Copyright 2002, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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