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"When the Sea Lets Go"
Release Date 1-3-17
10 Compositions for Solo Guitar
Produced by Will Ackerman and Tom Eaton
Featuring Guest Performances by
Michael Manring and Tom Eaton
Release Date : January 3, 2017
Vin Downes is one of the finest guitarists who I’ve had the pleasure of working with in my 40 year career as a producer. A brilliant player, Vin’s compositions are captivating and instantly memorable. Even more importantly to me, his pieces are emotionally evocative and connect on a very deep level with us as listeners. In encountering his latest recording, When The Sea Lets Go (a recording I co-produced with Tom Eaton), you will be listening to one of the great talents in today’s already rich guitar community.
Will Ackerman - Grammy Award Winning Producer
Emotion and creativity meet like graceful ships on a friendly ocean on Vin Downes’ when the sea lets go. Downes finely tuned guitar work combined with his passion for perfection make this an incredible recording that is as timeless as it is thoughtful. His collection of highly refined tracks are enjoyable any time or any place, but they all share a unique sense of the introspective voyage. I give this a rating I have never given before, that of Most Excellent, for it is one of the finest works I have ever heard.
R. J. Lannan - The Sounding Board
Vin Downes’ hypnotic When the Sea Lets Go gently soothes and relaxes with the peaceful ebb and flow of the ocean waves. Proving once again that “less is more,” Downes’ masterful acoustic guitar playing and composing come from the heart and express so much.
Kathy Parsons - MainlyPiano.com
"Musical expression can range from universal themes to reflecting our most personal feelings. The latest release, When the Sea Lets Go by acoustic guitarist Vin Downes dives deep into his innermost emotional currents. Many people, from David Crosby and Will Ackerman, to literary influences and feelings of gratitude, reflection, compassion, loss, and more find their way into the songwriting of this former heavy metal rocker turned classically trained guitarist. Vin's use of dynamics and sense of space within his compositions takes them to a level that sets an exceptionally high watermark for music in this genre."
Michael Diamond - Music and Media Focus
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“Vin Downes is a brilliant guitarist and a heart-felt composer ...Vin is a consummate player who draws upon a wide range of styles. The marvelous thing is that his musical voice is unique enough and powerful enough to hold these different threads together seamlessly. His abilities as a player create an even broader palate from which to draw in his performances."
~ Will Ackerman
Grammy Award Winning Producer/Founder of Windham Hill Records
"Just beautiful...I love your music"
~ David Crosby
The Byrds, CSN, CSNY, Crosby/Nash, CPR
While Vin’s guitar playing is impressive and can range from tastefully understated to dazzling, I am equally impressed with his skills as a composer. Vin has a wonderful sense of composition that brims with emotional content.
Music and Media Focus
I expect Unlike the Stars to be the break-out album for Vin Downes, a great musical storyteller who has no need for words. Very highly recommended!
Downes' playing manages to mesh obvious technical mastery of his instrument with an uncomplicated and accessible approach to melody. He exhibits an uncommon control of nuance and shading.
Zone Music Reporter
Vin Downes has created and given to the world, an album that he will remember with fondness for the rest of his life and the fans will love forever, miss this one and you will have missed out on a real gem.
One World Music
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