12 String Guitar
Nominated 'Best Solo Guitar Album' by the 2009 JPF Music Awards, '12-String Guitar' is a totally solo homage to this traditional folk instrument. '12 String Guitar' is also nominated for 'Best Guitar Song'. Neil Jacobs is truly a masterful performer on the 12 string guitar. With his own captivating style of playing that the St. Louis Riverfront Times describes as 'mesmerizing' and the Austin Chronicle describes as 'the rockin'est since early Leo Kottke'. Neil covers the world vibe with music diverse as Gypsy, World, Balkan Folk, Jazz, Classical and Modern Fingerstyle, while transforming his 12-string guitar into his own personal orchestra. Neil draws inspiration from his world travels and experiences. 'For more than 25 years, Ohio native Jacobs has circumnavigated the globe performing his exotic hybrid of gypsy jazz, flamenco, and Eastern European Folk on solo 12-string guitar' - Vince DeMasi, Guitar Player Magazine 'Imagine Russian cowboy music. Imagine flamenco joined with Balkan dances. Imagine one guy doing all that while sounding like a whole orchestra.' - The Cleveland Sun Messenger 'The rockin'est 12-string guitar since early Leo Kottke' Austin Chronicle 'He does everything to that guitar but give it a massage' Livingston Taylor 'He came out alone and sounded like everything from a guitar to a symphony orchestra' - Jay Ungar 'a wall-to-wall fingerpicker's fest' - Folk and Acoustic Music Review 'Neil Jacobs is a virtuoso on the 12-string guitar, with a beautiful and varied guitar tone palette' - Marc Nolis, editor - 'Mazz Muzikas', Belgium 'He can make a 12-string guitar sound like a quartet of them playing at once; he effortlessly weaves several different musical genres with a striking, Modern Fingerstyle that's sure to send chills up and down your spine.' - Peter Chakerian, Managing Editor, 'Cool Cleveland' 'crosses spritely madrigal and folk alongside mutated gigue for an almost surreal effect James Joyce would have approved of' - Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange Review 'For any lover of world music, '12 String Guitar' would be a welcome addition - "Minor Seventh" Review by Kirk Albrecht 'Jacobs has the ability to make his 12-string sound like 24 strings being played by three people' Akron Beacon Journal 'For over twenty-five years, this award-winning performer and composer has toured the world, bringing a whole new emotional and spiritual virtuosity to the instrument.' - Mike Jurovic, F.A.M.E Review 'Return of the Romani son' - RJ Lannan, The Sounding Board 'a superb 12 string guitar virtuoso' Marjan Ornik, Libra Radio, Slovenia 'Jacobs can evoke sincere emotion without getting in the listener's face with overly flashy pyrotechnics. This speaks volumes about his dedication to letting the music (and not any fireworks) get his message across.' - Bill Binkelman, Wind and Wire 'Don't for a moment think of the New Age tag lest you ponder only that sector of the constituency demonstrating superior intelligence within the form' Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange - Mark S. Tucker 'Jacobs covers the world vibe on his extraordinary 12-string, fusing flamenco, Celt, Balkan, Greek, jazz and gypsy.. .' - Mike Jurovic, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange 'From jigs to jazz Jacobs gives you high speed harmonics and arrangements that keep your feet moving.' Steve Brooks - Austin Chronicle 'a modern virtuoso of one of the most amazing instruments on the planet' - Eric Paul Review 'genre bending' - Guitar Player Magazine 'His 12-string guitar instrumentals sound as if they were born in an exotic cerebral locale.' - C.D. Stelzer, St. Louis Riverfront Times 'wonderfully fast-paced and intricate' - Aubrey Woolverton, The Oberlin Review '12-string guitar virtuoso' - The Cleveland Sun Messenger 'Few acoustic guitarists (excepting Richard Gilewitz and early Leo Kottke) are bold enough to create an entire recording of 12-sting guitar.' - Kirk Albrecht, Minor 7th Reviews.
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