Lester Quitzau operates from a very environmentally green perspective, so it's more than natural that he'd take a slow approach to the blues, soul, soft rock, and roots musics he's creating here. The gent's vocals are lazy, easy, and thoughtful, working their way quietly into your ear. Quitzau sings, plays electric and acoustic guitars, and provides his own vocal backgrounds (except for Mae Moore, with whom he collaborates outside his solo and group work), composing the largest section of his own work.
Don't drink coffee before listening to this unusually laid back CD, or you'll drive yourself nuts. Even the instrumental These Blues is like a quiet river easing its way unhurried through a meadow on a golden afternoon in the middle of nowhere. You'll want to locate a hammock, lay down in the shade, pull a straw hat over your eyes, and just smile. Quitzau isn't going to give in to modern stress and freneticism, nor is he minded that you should either. There's too much of it everywhere already, so here's the cure…well, except for Shape Shifter, which doesn't amp up so much in tempo as intensity, surprising for its emphases.
This is an extremely well considered CD, one that took a good deal of care to establish in such purity, and it often becomes more than a little haunting, as in the other instrumental, Ferris Wheel. Everything about The Same Light is absolutely solid and steeped in old traditions intelligently wrought to come up through the years without losing a thing, donning a familiar wheatfield cloak as they do. Lester Quitzau is bona fide in a very individualistic way, and this disc is hopefully to be followed by more of the same.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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