And when guitarist Guthrie Trapp (Douglas’ nephew, as it turns out) ripped into a lead, look out: all hands made room as Trapp stalked the stage, his steely facial expression looking as if he were defying any given laws concerning dexterity and physics. It was almost a relief to see him smile between songs.Apart from his intensity, what I remember of Trapp from that night was his versatility, doling out everything from Tele twang to fierce flatpicking; gentle cascades to jazzy flurries.
It was obvious the guy could do whatever he had a mind to – and you had to wonder what he would do if presented with an empty canvas on his own terms.
No more wondering: Guthrie Trapp has released his debut solo album. Pick Peace is virtuosity without unnecessary flash; beautifully recorded without sounding polished to death; and offers a fusion of sounds that manage to mix things up without losing their focus. This is the payoff for years of honing his craft as a featured sideman with others: Trapp’s Pick Peace is a fine piece of work.
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