"Hands-On" (Big Duck Records; 2002)

Reviewed by R. Scott Bolton

Fans of guitar instrumental have a new artist to keep their ears on: New Jersey's Bob Ernst.

This four track EP shows some very different sides to the guitarist - from 60s near-psychedelia to electric blues to cool melodic sounds to some soaring rock leads. As you listen to "Hands-On," you can hear the influences of legends like Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Joe Satriani.  

Because he never really ventures into the harder rock territory that, say, Steve Vai does, Ernest probably won't appeal to all Rough Edge readers, but his talent and his ability to blend style make him worth a listen. 

Performing on "Hands-On" are Bob Ernst - all guitars, bass and drum programming; Roger Cardillo - drums, track 1.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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