"Dissecting the Frog" (Hi-Gain Records; 2005)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter


Florida-based Berklee-grad David Gregorisch is a multi-instrumentalist who released his debut instrumental CD, “Dissecting the Frog,” in 2005. Gregorisch received some acclaim before 2005 ended and it’s not hard to see why.

Simply by listening to “Dissecting the Frog,” it is apparent that Gregorisch is a technically skilled guitarist that exudes calm and confidence at all turns. “Dissecting the Frog” features nine taut rockers that use the Joe Satriani “boogie” style as the basis for the songs. Most solo instrumental guitarists can’t helped but be influenced, inspired, and informed by Satriani’s seminal efforts over the past two decades (has it really been twenty years?).

The paradox is that Gregorisch has the ability to stay within the style that Satriani made famous, but the individualism to put his own personal stamp on his songs more so than most solo instrumental guitarists. Which is to say, while that other solo instrumental guitarists seem more like Satriani clones, Gregorisch is pushing the boundaries a bit more. That having been said, Gregorisch often stretches his playing into hard rock territory more often than Satriani does. Also, whereas Satriani often abides by the theory that “the melody is the solo,” Gregorisch seems to employ more “lead” playing as creative accoutrements that fall outside the normal melody/lead patterns.

“Dissecting the Frog” is a solid and satisfying effort; fans of instrumental guitar albums will find a lot to appreciate with the disc.  I, for one, would like to hear more of Gregorisch’s work.

“Dissecting the Frog” was produced by David Gregorisch and Kam Falk.

David Gregorisch wrote, recorded, and performed all songs and instruments on “Dissecting the Frog.”

For more information visit http://www.davidgregorisch.com

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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