… Liminality by Alan Weisman



This CD by New-York born guitarist Alan Weisman was inspired in part by a trip to Brazil. And it’s for sure it has a sunny sound that appeals as soon as you press ‘play’. The energy of ‘Samba de Mo’ is very reminiscent of every carnival scene I’ve ever seen (sadly only on film and TV).

The steel-strung acoustic guitar on ‘Suddenly a Sign’ brings an immediate comparison with my beloved Acoustic Alchemy, but I’m more captivated by the samba rhythm of the title track – check out the video on Alan’s website.

The dreamy ‘Claudanza’ shows the Brazilian influence even more strongly if anything – I particularly love the percussion and it makes me think of the great things I’ve heard from Paulinho da Costa and other top-flight percussionists. Maybe it’s the title or the upbeat drum sound, but I hear ‘Mountain Girl’ and I’m driving round northern Arizona, ready to get off Interstate 40 and onto Route 66. Nice, nice driving music. I’m still in the desert when I hear the drums and what I think is a wooden flute on ‘Ballad of the Peaceful Warrior’. It evokes Monument Valley for me and the strumming of low notes on the guitar almost sounds like a chant. The only vocal ‘You Can’t Own the Rain’, in the hands of a different singer could make it as a modern country song – and the guitar would take its rightful place as it’s strangely absent here.

An album with shifting moods which, if you let it, can take you to some far-off places.

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The songs from Liminality have crossed over into 16 genres of music and have charted in Top Ten positions!  With such a wide spread appeal this music has a little bit of something for just about everybody!

Liminality is a period of transition, a threshold, where normal limits to thought, self understanding and behavior are relaxed...a situation which can lead to new perspectives. Where one's sense of identity dissolves...to some extent.  The result is a unique perspective on what has come before...and what may come next...

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