Guitar Jam Daily
Home Reviews CD Reviews CD Review: Darin Leong - Five Years and Many Miles
October 14, 2019
CD Review: Darin Leong - Five Years and Many Miles PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 18 November 2007 19:12
fiveyearscover.jpgBy Ken Volpe - Guitar Jam Daily
I'd like to introduce a very talented, not yet well known guitarist from Hawaii, Darin Leong. I received his 13-track CD titled, Five Years and Many Miles, awhile back. Right off the bat, it is obvious that the production is top-notch. The guitar tracks sound full with a rich chime on the top end and a full focused low end. The overall textures are not brittle or overly processed like many acoustic guitar type projects. The overall vibe of Five Years and Many Miles is laid back, tranquil and melodic. In consuming Darin's music, I can easily tell that Darin is at peace with himself and his music. There are a variety of influences evident from his compositions.
Track 1 "Gratitude," contains lush layers of steel string strumming patterns with a beautiful, memorable melody. I'm talking about a guitar melody that really stays with you. The next cut is "Sunday," which is a tasteful ballad with beautiful harmonics and peaceful overtones. A little further along I came across one of my favorite tunes on the CD titled, "Manoa Morning." In this song he is using an alternate tuning with wonderful Fingerstyle feel a la Phil Keaggy. Kudos to Darin's compositional skills on this one. Next I came across "For the Greater Good," which is an upbeat, feel good type tune that contains a great use of major modal melodic lines. This tune also has a great groove. Towards the end of the CD is a cut called, "Ukulele Etude," which contains some incredible Uke harmonies and pedal tones. As I alluded to earlier, the quality of the production is astounding. On "Ukulele Etude" the listener can easily pick out each of the distinctive parts. The rest of the tunes on Darin's CD feature a variety of tonal colors and moods that will make you smile.
columbialuau2006darin.jpg

Darin definitely has a gift for melody and execution on multiple stringed instruments. The CD also features Nathan Awaeau on bass, percussion and even piano. All compositions were written and recorded by Darin Leong.

My only criticism of Five Years and Many Miles is that it might be a bit too tame for some guitarists. I'd also like to see some more interaction with other instruments and perhaps vocals. However, even though it is an instrumental CD, which may usually appeal to mainly musicians, this CD will have a wide audience appeal.

For more information about Darin Leong go to www.hawaiiguitar.com .
 
ADVERTISEMENT

Daily Video Lesson

Daily Video Lesson
  • 02:41 - 01.10.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    A five week long, cross-country tour featuring some of the best known and most respected figures in rock and blues has been set to celebrate the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix. Presented by Experience Hendrix, L.L.C., the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. “Al” Hendrix, Jimi’s father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix together with musical instrument giant Gibson Guitar, this year’s Experience Hendrix Tour represents a dramatic expansion beyond last year’s seven sold out performances.

    Featured artists who will be performing music written by and associated with Jimi Hendrix include blues giant Buddy Guy, contemporary guitar greats Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Eric Johnson, Cesar Rojas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos as well as Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford.
    Read more...
  • 01:53 - 26.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and Italian distributor M.Casale Bauer proudly announce the grand opening of the Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy. It is the third such international exclusive Fender guitar destination, joining the elite Fender Custom Shop Lounge (Düsseldorf, Germany) and Fender Showcase Tokyo (Japan).

    The Fender Custom Shop Showcase Italy is in Bologna, Italy, and is housed in a building by California-born Italian designer Gretchen Alexander. The showroom is located near the offices of M. Casale Bauer, Fender’s Italian distributor since 1962, and was created to provide Fender dealers, their special guests and artists with a comfortable place to find, try and buy some of the most beautiful guitars in today’s market. The showcase features an impressive array of high-end guitars crafted by the master builders of the Fender Custom Shop and provides artists and dealers (and their VIP clients) with access to some of the most unique high-end Fender instruments ever made available in one place. The showroom houses an unparalleled selection of Fender Custom Shop instruments, as well as Bauer’s personal collection, one of the largest and most valuable in the world.
    Read more...
  • 03:41 - 23.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Los Angeles, CA – World-renowned Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel will  release Center Stage, a live concert DVD on October 14th via Favored Nations Acoustic.  
     
    The full-length concert DVD follows the recent release of the Center Stage  double CD, both having been recorded live for the PBS television series “Sierra Center Stage.” Filmed in eye-catching high definition, every element of modern technology was used in production, creating a stunning package, both aurally
    and visually. 
    Read more...
  • 00:09 - 19.09.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    Montreal, Canada- September 16th, 2008: Renowned guitarist Daryl Stuermer will be giving Godin Performance Clinics in and around Quebec and Eastern Ontario from September 29th to October 3rd 2008.

    Having performed in studio and toured the world with both Phil Collins and supergroup Genesis for years, Daryl is a player who is on top of his game and has the chops to prove it. Performing as the Daryl Stuermer Duo, he will be accompanied by keyboardist Konstantin Efimov during the clinics and will also be giving attendees his perspective on playing live, recording, technique, and his gear, by fielding a Q&A session after each performance.
    Read more...
  • 09:29 - 03.06.2008 Spotlight >> Spotlight
    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (June 2, 2008) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced today that it has acquired certain assets of Groove Tubes LLC. Among other assets, FMIC purchased the Groove Tubes brand. Groove Tubes company founder Aspen Pittman will continue in a consulting role.
    Read more...