Slumber Tongue, Scott Detweiler’s release, is an unusual and eclectic collection of instrumental pieces suitable for concert, theater, ballet, television and film.
It is a virtual “gumbo blend” of styles from blues, to jazz, to classical and back to rock. The instrumentation of the eleven compositions (over 46 minutes duration) ranges from solo acoustic guitar and solo piano, to full concert pieces including marimba, trumpet, oboe, Native American flutes and tribal percussion.
The fact that he composed, produced and performed virtually all of the instruments is, of course, a feat unto itself; however, what may be most striking about this CD is the diverse array of tonalities, rhythms, textures and themes not often found in one collection by a single composer.
It is in this regard that the work on Slumber Tongue may loosely be compared to that of the late American composer Frank Zappa, to whose memory this CD happens to be dedicated.
Of Detweiler’s six releases, this is the only one, besides “String Quartet Number One and Two”, that does not feature his incredibly soulful vocal ability. This “slumber” of his “tongue” allows the listener to experience his immense diversity and depth as a composer and, at the same time, marvel at his seasoned ability as an instrumentalist (the guitar work on this CD, alone, firmly establishes him as an important American guitarist of our time).