LOW STOCK LEVEL
"Mostly extended solo acoustic guitar improvisations (recorded digitally), to complement the mainly short items on his previously acclaimed CD (Emanem 4014). Also a duet with flautist Neil Metcalfe." Recordings from 1993-7, previously unissued. "When reviewing the previous CD, some commentators suggested that Smith's playing shows the influence of Derek Bailey and Hans Reichel. Smith did study with Bailey in the early 70s, but he soon became one of the improvising guitarists to sound the least like the older musician. On the other hand, Smith has heard virtually none of Reichel's playing. They both arrived on the scene in the early 1970s with their respective styles fairly well formed. If their playing does have something in common, it is probably due to their being influenced by much blues-based material. There are, however, major differences. For instance, Smith plays an unaltered Spanish guitar and does not use any Cagean preparations. He also rarely uses amplification. Smith is perhaps best known for the nearly twenty years he spent as a member of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble."