Sir Richard Bishop weaves sonic tapestry on ‘Tangier Sessions’

Sir Richard Bishop‘Tangier Sessions’
Sir Richard Bishop (Drag City)
3.5 stars out of 5

Over the course of 30 years as a founding member of Sun City Girls and has a solo performer, experimental guitarist Sir Richard Bishop has forged a well-deserved reputation as a true cult icon. His latest instrumental opus, “Tangier Sessions,” shows that Bishop remains on top of his game.

Sir Richard Bishop CDBishop was living in Geneva, Switzerland, when he came across an ancient — and expensive — guitar that likely dates back to the 19th century. After playing it a few times and falling in love with the sound it made, he ponied up the money and made the instrument his own.

Later that summer, Bishop traveled to Tangier, Morocco, with the guitar and set about recording the improvisational pieces that make up the seven-track, 40-minute release. Even if you aren’t a fan of instrumental music, there’s something about “Tangier Sessions” that make it worth a spin or two. Among the highlights here are “Frontier,” “Safe House,” “Mirage” and “Let It Come Down.” Good stuff. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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