Jim Robitaille takes some measure of pride in his compositional skills. Every tune on this recent recording, To Music (Whaling City), is his. They all feature subtle shifts in mood and texture and a soft pulse to go along with strong melodies. A few of the compositions he has included here have won Monk Institute and Great American Song awards. The guitarist, who prefers a powdery tone somewhat recessed in the mix, seems always to keep his harmonic structures in mind as he solos.
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