TEMUR KVITELASHVILI

30 December 2009

[Picture of Temur Kvitelashvili on an album cover]I have been listening to Temur tonight, courtesy of YouTube. Anyone that Allan Holdsworth says is amazing is worthy of note, believe me.

[Embedded video from YouTube: Temur Kvitelashvili – 21 Guitars]

He’s about my age, and he is clearly influenced by Allan Holdsworth, John McLaughlin, George Benson, and possibly Al di Meola (as well as a few other maybes — who knows, say  Larry Carlton, or Lee Ritenour — anyway, you get the picture; that’s the genre).

Temur Kvitelashvili is an excellent Jazz Fusion guitarist — but we have loads of them already. He’s not big on effects or trickery, and I have not seen him tap like Malmsteen or Van Halen, but he’s not entirely old school. He can shred a bit — but these days who doesn’t do that?

What makes him different? well, he does a bit of singing  — that’s pretty unusual (although he’s no George Benson), but I think the main thing he does that is defining is traditional Georgian folk music for the electric guitar — now that’s different, isn’t it?

The technique is fast — gypsy-like, Django evoked, it can remind you, at times, of di Meola or McLaughlin, but it is not Indian or Mexican/ Spanish/ Moorish; it is more Russian, and possibly more (if I can say this), “Jewish”.

Tbiliso” is a song about the city, and it is superb as an example of Temur’s work. I like his Hava Nagila

[Embedded video from YouTube.com]

If you want more, search YouTube or check out his website here: www.temurkvitelashvili.com

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Tbiliso

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3 Responses to “TEMUR KVITELASHVILI”

  1. zzyzx71 Says:

    OMG! I never heard of this guy until now. Thanks for posting this. Just so you know, I’m scanning tags for blogs to read and “Allan Holdsworth’s” name caught my eye which led me to this post I’m responding to. I’m gonna post this link on my facebook page for a friend that may enjoy this. Thanks again, friend. :D

  2. davedevine Says:

    Superb. That’s what it’s all about.


  3. […] the bluesy origins of Ali Farka Touré and Ba Cissoko to the Russian whizzkid, Temur Kvitelashvili, I love that the focus is shifting from the UK and USA […]


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