Jake Hertzog is an American guitarist and a busy guy. He has released six solo albums over the course of seven years as well as leading the rock band The Young Presidents as well as various forays into jazz including lead guitarist and musical director of The Naked Brothers Band. He is also a frequent writer for Guitar Player magazine and has written over thirty articles.
His latest album Well Lit Shadow is a concept of sorts, relating various ideas to particle physics. This is easily visualized given some of the song titles.
The music is quite mellow as it features only Hertzog's guitar skills in both composition and improvisation. His tone is crisp and clean as he prefers a cleaner sound over distorted feedback and fuzzy chords. Consequently, the sound often has a gentle flow as the notes serenely cascade through the soundscape and are given ample room to breathe. Although only one instrument is used this music has a surprising amount of depth as his chords and notes are often used in imaginative ways with varying degrees of light and shade and at times taking some unexpected twists and turns where the pace quickens and the music gets a little more discordant.
Describing the individual tracks seems somewhat futile as this music should be listened to as a single entity and not chopped into individual slices. Anyone interested in solo guitar would do well to check this out.
1. Introduction (0:47)
2. Star Drops (3:06)
3. Color Detection (3:41)
4. Well Lit Shadow (4:01)
5. Trace Of You (3:39)
6. Cable Cars (3:17)
7. What We Found (3:39)
8. Balsamic Layer (4:09)
9. Telegram From A Quasar (2:12)
10. Ever Unseeable (2:23)
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