This shit is intense. My friend Ryan happened upon Sandy Nassan’s Just Guitar while digging at Folk Arts Records in San Diego a few weeks back. Released in 1970, the opening track, “Jam,” is just that. Clocking it at over 16 minutes, Ryan described it as: “being drawn into the most tense moment of the most suspenseful movie you’ve ever seen – it’s like Sandy Bull on steroids and it doesn’t let up. It’s not easy music, but it’s genuine expression. You know it the first time the guitar rests and Nassan lets loose that sigh in the empty space – he’s really going for it, he’s chasing something. This isn’t jazz – there’s no real melody to restate, no trading bars – it’s just one dude in conversation with some other unseen person/place/power for about 17 minutes, and it’s absolutely jaw-dropping.” Indeed.
MP3: Sandy Nassan :: Jam