Say Yes, Terry Wollman

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SAY YES (1998)

It’s not uncommon for guitarists with facility on both electric and acoustic to use both on their projects, but Terry Wollman goes a step further on Say Yes (Sonic Images); he achieves an irresistible eclectic mix by not only alternating the basics, but by including such surprises as baritone guitar (on the graceful, chamber music-flavored ballad “Once One Moment”), the steel string, high string, and guitarron.

He blends them all perfectly on the catchy but very experimental “Of All Things Most Yielding, ” which intertwines flamenco lines with blues and folk, counterpointing the main melody line with percussive scrapes on the steel strings themselves. When he’s not taking those types of risks, he’s most content with warm, radio-friendly pieces which gain most of their punch from outside all-stars; Wollman plays harmony behind the fiery duet of saxman Gerald Albright and percussionist Luis Conte on “Survive,” for instance.

Then, just as things are getting a bit complacent, he slips in the unique tandem of “Buckwheat Sample” (a boogie-woogie piano solo by Joe Sample) and the blistering “Buckwheat Shuffle,” where Samples’ bouncy ivories and a seductive blues rhythm section provided by Abe Laboriel and John Robinson provide a backdrop for Wollman to go hog wild on the distorted electric.

by Jonathan Widran

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SONG LIST

1. Survive (5:58)
2. Our Love (4:50)
3. Once One Moment (2:39)
4. Of All Things Most Yielding (3:38)
5. Prelude to a Dream (0:30)
6. All My Dreams (3:55)
7. Morning Prayer (7:02)
8. Buckwheat Sample (2:17)
9. Buckwheat Shuffle (3:36)
10. Cancun (5:26)
11. Say Yes (3:56)
12. Once One Moment Reprise (3:44)

CREDITS

Arranged and Produced by Terry Wollman
Terry Wollman | acoustic, electric guitars, guitarron, electric piano
Abraham Laboriel | bass
John Robinson | drums
Luis Conte | percussion
Marc Hugenberger | keyboards and loops
Joe Sample | acoustic piano
Gerald Albright | sax
Tom Evans | clarinet
Michael McDonald | vocals
Amy Keys | vocals
Endre Granat, Berg Garabedian, Peter Kent, John Wittenberg, Barbara Porter, Roman Volodarsky | strings, violins
Denyse Buffum, Linda Lipsett | viola
Suzie Katayama, Steve Richards | cello

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ALBUMS

Terry Wollman: A Joyful NoiseTerry Wollman: Buddha's EarTerry Wollman: Sleep SuiteTerry Wollman: BailaTerry Wollman: Bimini