SLY GUITAR is an album of instrumental guitar music by UK composer/ songwriter/ guitarist John Ellis.
John describes it as a “car crash of electronics, improvisations and edgy composition centred on the electric guitar”.
Here’s what reviewers say:
“Aficionados of modern guitar will love this album, so if you love Nelson, Fripp, Summers and Frith, you had best be checking this out!”
“On ‘Sly Guitar’, however he returns to (and lays into) his main instrument with a sharp-clawed and swaggering stylishness. It’s the kind of performance that suggests he’s ripped the tail-fin off a 1950s Cadillac and carved a new guitar from it.”
“Many musicians in the electronic and ambient world found their way here via the avenue of rock ‘n roll, but few may have the punk pedigree of John Ellis. A founding member of the Vibrators and long-time guitarist for The Stranglers, Ellis brings that energy to his new collection of electronic-augmented guitar pieces, Sly Guitar. First off, this is just a blast to listen to. Ellis’ playing is sharp and fast, and his ear for a catchy tune hasn’t faded. Sly Guitar mixes studio pieces with exercises in live looping, and while the full-on pieces obviously pack more density and punch, the looped pieces are cool from a technical standpoint and also have the organic rawness of being live improvisations.”
And check out John’s electronic music here.