This album is made up of seven pieces from those solitary evening sessions. It’s not quite unique amongst Bishop’s imposing discography, since he released another solo acoustic guitar record on the VDSQ label just last year. And its music grows from the ethnographic requisition that has been part of his practice since the 80s, when he first recorded with Sun City Girls. You can hear the influence of Middle Eastern taqsims, Indian ragas, and flamenco, but they are starting points, not formal prescriptions. The tunes plunge down dark melodic alleys and up blind-cornered inclines, the tones acquiring richness from both the resonance of antique wood and from the reverberation of his apartment’s tile walls.But even though it is a record about an instrument, Tangier Sessions feels like an uncommonly personal expression of the philosophy that guides Bishop’s life. As befits music made by a traveling instrument in a rented room, there’s little encumbrance about this music. Even when he tosses off bravura flourishes that are frankly virtuosic, they never seem to be there just for show. Rather, Bishop’s elaborate flights celebrate what his instrument can do, and express by example the notion that having an interesting time along the way matters more than where you’re going. - Bill Meyer
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