Paul Tauterouff Audio Chocolate (CD)
Like a Whitman's chocolate sampler box Audio Chocolate has something for everyone. Its 10 tracks (4 vocal and 6 instrumental) run the gamut of guitar rock styles from upbeat rocker instrumentals to blues rock, Southern rock and emotional ballads, all loaded with Paul's tasty, feel-laden guitar playing. Special guest soloists include Berklee guitar instructor Jon Finn, session ace/ fusion guitarist/ ex-Neville Bros. guitarist Shane Theriot, Washington state guitarist Nick Layton and jazz saxophonist John Tutino. Good songwriting and arrangements makes Audio Chocolate appeal to all music fans - not just musicians or guitarists. And the additional color and variety added by the vocals, sax, keys and flute help this CD to avoid the typical "wall of guitar" sound that many guitarist's solo albums can be. Make no mistake; this is no "shred" guitar record - it is a collection of great songs featuring guitar. "I really enjoy a good melody and try to make every song or solo very melodic," states Tauterouff. "My goal when composing is to try and create music which guitar players will like, but that also non-musicians or people who don't normally listen to instrumental guitar music will enjoy too."