Born: July 29, 1952
Charley studied privately with Jazz notables Joe Monk and Harry Leahy. At Stony Brook, he focused on composition, studied with Peter Winkler and Richard Dyer-Bennet and then spent a year at Berklee College of Music. After college he played the club scene in NYC, performed for impresario Sid Bernstein, studied classical guitar with Jerry Willard and took a fascinating lesson with Ralph Towner.
Charley has played with many bands and done solo gigs such as opening up the first 20th Century Classic American Guitar Show on Long Island. He spent several years prior to this new CD performing and recording with the Long Island group, Sun, Moon and Stars.
Jonathan L. Segal
Sublime Guitar Tone by JimmyGuitar Ok, Basically there are two kinds of guitar instrumentals these days. The kind guitarists listen to and the kind the kind regular folks listen to. The guitarists type is usually riff based as opposed to compositional and a lot of noodling which for most folks is basically unlistenable. The regular folks type of guitar music is usually smooth Jazz or maybe a Spa type ambient, again riff based but more accessible. Charlie's music is a little of both, but with a very strong compositional approach using carefully developed melodies and swirling harmonies that create a kind of surreal tonal palette from which he weaves in and out of. For us guitar players he has command of a clean guitar sound that is in your face but still very warm. There is a purity in his tone that comes from a technique few electric players possess, that is the ability to set the string in motion without actually striking the string but gently pressing and releasing it. Concert level Classical Guitar players use this technique on Nylon string instruments. One of Charlie's most accessible songs is the first tune titled Disholirag, it is kind of a 21st century acoustic country style rag with a few twist and turns, a little jazzy at times. A simple rememberable melody and a nice relaxed groove. If you purchase this one I guarantee you will want the whole album.
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