Walkin' on the Jetty
This CD had it's genesis at the first slack key concert I attended on the Big Island of Hawaii. From there I ventured three times to the Aloha Music Camp on Molokai where I met well known slack key teachers who became my musical inspiration. They taught me to play from the heart. Once I began listening to my inner voice, my own style began to emerge. I began to play what you hear on this CD. It could be called a fusion of my varying interests in music including slack key, rock and roll and blues. These tracks are the result of my musical evolution over the last four years. I hope you enjoy them. "Walkin' on the Jetty" CD Reviews: Back in the day (the '80s & '90s) when I was hosting folk-music shows on the radio, I would have been all over this album. I would have put it in what I used to call the 'guitar wizards' category - creative contemporary acoustic instrumentals. The compositions are complex enough to keep them interesting, yet there's a soothing pace to them that relaxes you while you listen. His playing is clean and the recording is clear. As he says, it's not slack key but rather slack key inspired; he started with what he has learned from ki ho'alu, but took that training to help him express his own personal sound. I strongly recommend this album to those who just enjoy wonderful guitar music. -Gregg Porter/Taropatch.com/KBCS weekend DJ. ____________________________________________________________________________________________ A new Review from Peter Braidis - Indie-Music.com Jay Syverson is an acoustic guitarist who does instrumental music with a certain quality of knowing that what sounds simple sounds right. His technique is right on and his use of harmonics is also on the money. The guitar playing is pleasant and is quite good-don't mistake it for being something easy. Playing music of this nature involves skill, talent and a knowledge of taste. And that is what works here. In particular the track 'Saturday Song' is a very good piece. It has a certain 70's singer/songwriter feel, but thankfully there are no attempts at being James Taylor here. Very well crafted and arranged, 'Saturday Song' is a beautiful song, always retreating to a central theme that is eloquent. 'Spirit Guide' and 'Walkin' On The Jetty' are similarly styled and will take the listener away from the world's troubles for a few minutes at a time. It's just a dude and his guitar and there are few things better than that.