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CD REVIEW: EriK Lamberth - Three Guitars
By Cyrus Rhodes - 05/15/2012 - 02:15 PM EDT

Artist: EriK Lamberth
Album: Three Guitars
Label: Bi Tone Records
Genre: Blues/Jazz
Sounds Like: Martin Taylor, Albert King, Huey Lewis and the News
Technical Grade: 8/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 7/10
Commercial Value: 7/10
Overall Talent Level: 8/10
Songwriting Skills: 8/10
Performance Skill: 8/10
Best Songs: Double Time, The Walk, Solitude, Straight Ahead
Weakness: Dated Sound and Vibe, Marketability
CD Review: Philadelphia based guitarist EriK Lamberth just released his latest effort entitled “Three Guitars” in 2012. A guitarist for nearly 30 years, he has performed with numerous ensembles, including The Haverford College Jazz Ensemble (Guitar and Saxophone) and the Rock 'n Blues Band Roadrunner. He has also played with several ensembles while studying Guitar and Music Production at the Berklee College of Music. His CD's, Candlewood Blues, and the new release, Three Guitars, is available from CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, and most digital music. This latesat CD is divided up into 2 sections. 6 Tracks dedicated to  Blues and 5 Tracks dedicated to Jazz.

The CD kicks things off with slamming “Texas Blues” an upbeat intro piece that serves up classic Americana R&B groove, slamming solos and driving rhythm section. Track 2 “Mr. PC Blues” keeps things moving with its smooth flowing rhythm, impressive solo guitar accents and impressive heart felt groove from Lamberth and company. Track 3 Solitude” shifts gears with it’s solitary pin drop ambience with impressive guitar licks and amazing heartfelt vibe hat peaks and valleys through to emotional fruition. As this CD slowly unfolds I can hear many different musical soundscapes reminiscent of such classic acts like Martin Taylor, Albert King even and Huey Lewis and the News.  The music itself is an impressive blend of Americana and R&B roots combined with an unmistakable guitar driven rockabilly vibe. I get the impression Lamberth and Company  are having a lot of fun just letting it all hang out with these songs. He’s definitely one of those guys that’s a whole lot of fun to listen to. You will notice lush layers of instrumentation layered everywhere, from impressive solo guitar licks, horn sections, organ, and Jazz Piano. From rocking “Ocean’s One” to grooving “Ocean’s Two” and “Straight Ahead” and sizzling “Double Time” and smooth as silk “The Walk” this CD has something for just about everyone. The CD ends Track 11 “SRV Jazz” the perfect finale statement. a bit dated. For the record I enjoyed the Jazz tracks much more than the Blues Tracks.

Perhaps Lamberth needs to modernize his sound a bit. CD gives off a cheesy Karaoke type musical vibe. I also noticed no additional information in the liner notes regarding about musicians and engineers (Recording, Mixing, Mastering) involved in this project – not typical of Gold Standard releases.  Whoever the drummer is he can barely keep his head above water during some of the more dynamic Jazz pieces. I'm also not convinced some of these instruments ar even real. I fully realize this is a subjective art form but many of the aforementioned issues do effect the productions overall marketability. 

From start to finish "Three Guitars" from EriKc Lamberth is a barnburner of a release It has everything you would expect from a classic R&B, Jazz, Americana release. The music is consistent, uplifting, and extremely fun to listen to. Note for note, song for song there isn’t really a weak piece of music on this entire CD. The writing and playing abilities of Lamberth and his band are rock solid. Last but not least Eric Lamberth is a masterful guitarist. He’s one artist that’s not afraid to just let it all hang out musically and show is his musical diversity and depth via 2 amazing generas. 

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