Wondrous: A Celebration of Hymns for Guitar
This album is a collection of 18 contemporary arrangements of hymns for classical guitar by composer-guitarist Jerry Dadap, Jr. This recording is the outcome of several years of providing special music at his church in NJ, where Jerry performed his arrangements of hymns for guitar. Jerry grew up surrounded by church, folk, ethnic, jazz, and classical music, all of which have had a profound impact and influence on him as a composer and musician. Here are some comments from listeners: "Thank you so much for lifting my heart ... it was so beautiful that I just had to let it sink in. Hearing your arrangement ... takes me to that same place of pure joy... I can't really describe how much I appreciate how new you have made these hymns while somehow still preserving the essential simplicity of the melodies." - V.B., Albuquerque, NM "The CD is beautiful, and full of the passion and love that is so often missing from music making... In an age when empty virtuosity prevails and mindless background music invades our quiet, 'Wondrous' is the culmination of years of thoughtful, soulful improvisation by a fabulous guitarist. It makes me smile whenever I listen." - L.H.L., Denver, CO "... beautiful and unparalleled... I get goose bumps while listening ...This is not just ordinary guitar church music. Jerry's guitar transcriptions and interpretation of age-old songs of faith, is very personal and exceptional. This is his legacy to the world... his own soul transparent and glimmering through excellent virtuosity that touches one deeply, and makes the listener's own spirit soar to the heavens. This is music from the heart, for the heart ... inspiring, connecting and bringing our spirits on to it's upward journey ... a personal testament of deep faith, but truly a gift from above ... now shared with all of us!' - Z.V., Dallas, TX "Quite marvelous indeed." - I.L., New York, NY "This is now my favorite listening CD." - E.B., Oakland, CA "I have been listening to it twice a day, morning and night time. Your playing is excellent... The arrangements are beautiful... The hymns are well chosen." - M.A., Los Altos, CA "You've selected many of my favorite hymns in this record, and I thank the Lord for the inspiration that He granted you to create all of this collection and performance of touching music... I have to tell my friends to collect this CD! I can't wait for your second album. " D.L., - Montclair, CA "It is definitely inspiring and moves one to praise, thank and worship our awesome and loving God. Each hymn arrangement has a rich and beautiful style of your musical signature which no one else can match... I can hear your spirit sing as you weave the music through your guitar, making each hymn your own prayer, offering or testimony. What a blessing for us... and we thank and praise God for this! " - P.P., Chesapeake, VA.