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Kinloch Nelson Plays Stanley Watson CD-2308

A classical guitar album on the music of guitarist/composer Stanley Watson. Instrumentals.
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Song List & Sound Clips
1.   Portrait (Melody for Don) /  MP3 
2.   Nocturne
3.   Echos I
     Echos II
     Lament
4.   Jackie Morning Gomez
5.   At The Goldblatts
6.   The "Geetar" Rag
     (The Liberation Rag)
7.   The Churriana Suite
8.   In Memoriam
9.   Waterfall


Here is a little bit about Stanley Watson and the cd of his compositions.

On Friday March 30, 1990 at Nazareth College Performing Arts Center 
I presented a concert of music by the late guitarist, Stanley Watson. 
Stanley had been my guitar teacher and mentor in the mid 1970's and 
though I only studied with him for a little over a year, that year 
has kept me going for the last thirty.

Originally from Canada, Stanley grew up in England. He then went to Spain, 
Italy and around Europe in the late 1950's, in search of guitar instruction, 
music, folklore and adventure. His first and favorite teacher was a man 
who was a potato farmer by day and a guitarist at night. This unexpected 
beginning eventually lead to studies with Andres Segovia. Along the way 
Stan attended master classes with cellist Pablo Casals to help develop 
left hand techniques. In France he followed Django Reinhardt around to 
learn jazz and right hand picking methods. He worked with dancers and 
artists in Paris, and traveled to Portugal and Greece to soak up the 
music and culture.

By the time he had made his way to Rochester in the late 1960's he had married, 
started a family, was deeply immersed in composing and was sporting a handmade 
Ramierez guitar, "rare in them parts and them days," and had endless stories 
to tell. He embarked on a teaching and performing career in Rochester, where 
he came in contact with Chuck Mangione, and can still be heard on Chuck's 
Mercury Records albums "Friends And Love," and "Together." Stanley frequently 
played at local clubs, and coffee houses. His concerts were ocdcasionally 
broadcast on radio and television. I'll never forget Stanley opening a show 
to a packed house at the Rochester War Memorial around 1973 or '74 for 
John McLaughlin and Frank Zappa! He seemed to be at home anywhere.

His teaching was focused. You had his undivided attention. His music was 
transporting, vivid, personal. While "traveling and living in America," 
Stanley, the composer, kept a kind of musical journal of people and events 
that touched him or seemed important. He often said that if he hadn't been
 a musician he would have been a painter. Stylistically his music was 
neither classical nor popular, rather a peculiar combination of both 
and more, uniquely his, drawing on earlier studies and experience.

Stanley taught me only a few of his songs - the simpler ones. The rest 
I figured out years later from tapes I had made of some of those radio 
broadcasts stanley made during those counterculture years of 1973, '74, &'75 . 
By 1976 Stanley had left Rochester, continuing his travels. Sadly, in 1978 
he died from injuries suffered in a car crash on RT. 95 near Portland, Maine. 
He is sorely missed, and is still remembered in music circles here and abroad.

Learning and presenting this music was a high point for me. At the time the 
Guitar Society of Rochester was up and running at full steam. Its 1989-90 
concert season included Leona Boyd, Carlos Barbosa-Lima and Gene Bertoncini, 
George Van Eps, Alice Artzt and Berit Strong. I felt privileged to be included 
with in this lineup, and would like to thank John Weisenthal, Marcos Santiago, 
John Szulgit, John Yeager, Fred Lockhart, Richard Taglieri, and all the other 
board members and people behind the scenes for helping make this concert of 
Stanley Watson's music happen. Particular thanks go to Gary Chudyk for recording 
the concert and for his help editing this CD together as some of the material 
had to be redone. Thanks also to John Teleska for introducing me to Stanley 
in the first place. 

At the time I figured I'd go into the recording studio after the concert 
and put it all on vinyl (different times), but I never got around to it 
and ten years have gone by. Flown by. Maybe down the road there'll be 
a studio version of these and the rest of Stanley's compositions 
(if I can figure them out.) Or maybe we'll just put out a CD or two 
of the tapes I have of him, worn as they are. At any rate, time's-a-wasting. 
Here then is some of the music of Stanley Watson. 

Peace. KN.