Alex de Grassi (born February 13, 1952) is an American fingerstyle guitarist. Tom Wheeler wrote in Guitar Player magazine that his technique is "the kind that shoves fellow pickers to the cliff of decision: should I practice like a madman or chuck it altogether?"[1] De Grassi was invited by his cousin William Ackerman to join the Windham Hill label and became one of the label's best sellers.[2]

Alex de Grassi
Born (1952-02-13) February 13, 1952 (age 71)
Yokosuka, Japan
GenresNew Age
Years active1976–present
LabelsWindham Hill, Novus, Tropo, Lifescapes, 33rd Street

Guitars Edit

De Grassi uses various guitars. Currently his primary touring/recording guitars are a custom Lowden F35c maple with a European spruce top and a custom Traugott R model Brazilian Rosewood with German spruce top. Other favorites are a custom Carlson sympitar (twelve sympathetic strings) maple with spruce top and a custom McCollum baritone (28" scale) paduk with Italian spruce top.

Discography Edit

  • Turning: Turning Back, (Windham Hill, 1978)
  • Slow Circle, (Windham Hill, 1979)
  • Clockwork, (Windham Hill, 1981)
  • Southern Exposure, (Windham Hill, 1983)
  • Altiplano, (RCA/Novus, 1987)
  • Deep at Night, (Windham Hill, 1991)
  • A Windham Hill Retrospective, (Windham Hill, 1992; Valley Entertainment reissue, 2010)
  • The World's Getting Loud, (Windham Hill, 1993)
  • Beyond the Night Sky: Lullabies for Guitar, (EarthBeat, 1996)
  • Alex de Grassi's Interpretation of Simon & Garfunkel, (Northsound, 1997)
  • Alex de Grassi's Interpretation of James Taylor, (NorthSound, 1998)
  • The Water Garden, (Tropo, 1998)
  • Bolivian Blues Bar, (Narada, 1999)
  • Tatamonk with Quique Cruz, (Tropo, 2000)
  • Shortwave Postcard with G.E. Stinson, (Auditorium, 2001)[3]
  • Now & Then: Folk Songs for the 21st Century, (33rd Street, 2003)
  • Pure Alex de Grassi, (Windham Hill, 2006)
  • The Bridge, (Tropo, 2020)

References Edit

  1. ^ Dark, Johnny (February 1, 2010). "WHS C-1009 Alex De Grassi Slow Circle". Windhaming. Retrieved February 11, 2022.
  2. ^ Bronstein, Scott (May 4, 1986). "Making Money Out of Mellow". The New York Times. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  3. ^ "Outsight Radio Hours interview 2003". Retrieved January 23, 2019.

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