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Andy Summers

In the summer of 97, millions of people were beguiled by an Andy Summers guitar lick, just as they were regularly in the decade previous. A single by a certain rap impresario copped the Police's “Every Breath You Take,” and the song's arresting power once again held sway at the top of the charts. Sure Sting wrote the sampled tune, but it was that tolling Andy riff that set it into enduring motion.

Since 1986, when the Police left the stage as the biggest rock band in the world, Andy Summers has followed his own muse, cultivating the ambient and improvisatory streaks always evident in his distinctive soundprint. In fact, Andy's solo albums resonate with a spirit and invention only hinted at by his Police work. Embracing strains of jazz, classical and world music, his records reveal him as an enterprising artist, resolute in his aim to reconcile the accessibility of his pop past with the thrill of the unexpected.

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First You Build A...
CBS/Sony
2007
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Guitar
CBS/Sony
2006
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The X Tracks
The X Tracks
Fuel 2000 Records
2005
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Splendid Brazil
CBS/Sony
2005
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Peggy's Blue Sunlight
CBS/Sony
2004
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The X-Tracks
CBS/Sony
2004
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