Reviews

minor7th.com says: Musical chops are born of time and woodshedding, and then playing and more playing…Dorian Michael has chops which are all over his latest solo acoustic guitar effort, “Sycamore Creek”. He is at ease in any number of musical genres which he reveals over these twelve tracks. Six originals are joined by six standards from the worlds of jazz, blues, and traditional music. It takes an understanding of the music to pull off a solo acoustic version of “Black Orpheus” by Luis Bonfa, but Michael does it well, keeping the groove with chordal movement while ringing along the melody in single note phrases. Also tasty is the Jimmy Van Heusen classic “Here’s That Rainy Day” played with just enough douleur and panache to capture its various moods. The title cut cascades as Michael makes use of the entire fretboard. The power of fingerstyle guitar is brought to life on “Deep River Blues” as Michael carries multiple voices at once on the blues standard. “Manitoba Moon” is a dreamy nightscape, while “Uncle Al’s [Backyard]” is a sassy, braying beast of a blues powered by Michael’s excellent chording and lyrical leads… Dorian Michael isn’t as well known outside the western U.S. as his playing deserves. Discs like “Sycamore Creek” could well change that. © Kirk Albrecht

San Luis Obispo New Times -“Fans of acoustic guitar music will want to pick up a copy of Dorian Michael’s ‘The Way We Dance,’ a collection of a dozen original compositions. Featuring mostly blues and folk, ‘The Way We Dance’ is a clear demonstration of Michael’s fingerstyle guitar skills. The instrumental tunes are richly arranged, and like many great solo guitarists, Michael makes it sound like there’s more than one guitar at work. My favorite track, ‘Cardinal Rule,’ is a slide guitar number that’s simply transporting. This is a must-have for acoustic music fans.”

Dirty Linen – “This is an impressive collection of 12 solo guitar pieces composed and nimbly performed by guitarist Dorian Michael, whose writing and playing has obviously been influenced by guitarists like Leo Kottke and John Fahey. His fingerpicking style sharply defines the tunes, and his melodies show a wide range of influences. An engaging and entertaining recording.”

Stereophile Magazine – “…infectious music” with “…a thrilling intensity to the performance …short of smelling the beer and the sweat it was just like being at the session.”