Brian Hughes’ Fast Train To A Quiet Place (CR73334) features the accessible yet versatile guitarist at his best.
Brian Hughes is an intriguing guitarist. On Fast Train To A Quiet Place, he plays in a variety of different styles while always managing to sound like himself. His playing is accessible, catchy, melodic and contemporary, but he is also creative and just a bit unpredictable.
Born in Canada and a resident of Los Angeles for the past decade, Hughes not only plays guitar but sitar, bouzouki and guitar synthesizer. While he has worked for over two decades with singer-harpist Loreena McKennitt, he has also had a strong solo career including seven CDs of his own.
On Fast Train To A Quiet Place, Hughes leads a quintet that also features keyboardist Matt Rohde, electric bassist Rufus Philpot and drummer Tal Bergman, with Ron Powell or Quinn added on percussion. Hughes composed all ten selections and at various times hints strongly at Pat Metheny, Lee Ritenour, and Wes Montgomery. He also features his sitar playing in spots and on the closing “Hallelujah” plays in a celebratory rockish style.
Despite the variety, one song leads logically to the next one, giving this set a strong unity. All in all, Fast Train To A Quiet Place serves not only as an excellent introduction to the talents of Brian Hughes but is his definitive recording so far.