Dirty Linen - 12/94-1/95
"...Dean Magraw is truly bent....[BROKEN SILENCE is an] acoustic guitarist's stunning debut. This is a player who is truly in control of his instrument. But panache, not flash is his hallmark....Impossible to pigeonhole, and impossible to ignore..."
Personnel: Dean Magraw (guitar); Steve Tibbetts (guitar); Peter Ostroushko (mandolin); Jim Anton (electric bass); Marc Anderson (congas, frame drum, cymbals, triangle, percussion).
Recording information: Studio M, St. Paul, MN (1994); Studi-O, St. Paul, MN (1994).
Photographer: Daniel Corrigan.
In guitarist Dean Magraw's music, melodic jazz, blues, world music, and acoustic folk music all combine in an original fashion. Magraw performs primarily his tunes plus a song apiece by cornetist Don Cherry, Vince Guaraldi, and Charles Mingus ("Better Get It in Your Soul"). He is heard in unaccompanied solos and sometimes with guests Peter Ostroushko on mandolin, guitarist Steve Tibbets, bassist Jim Anton, and percussionist Marc Anderson. The music is subtle and mostly quite original, worth several close listens. ~ Scott Yanow