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4.8 out of 5
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Pitifulhumans ,

Will Clipman

I've met Will and not only is he a nice guy, he's humble and way more talented than he'll admit. Spectacular music here.

MDiamond ,

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus

The appropriately named “Trialogue” is a musical conversation between three superb musicians who collectively have numerous international awards, GRAMMY nominations, and more among their impressive list of accolades. The alchemy of Sherry Finzer’s flutes, Darin Mahoney’s guitar, and the percussion of Will Clipman is magical, covering diverse musical terrain that ranges from light and breezy to exotic and atmospheric. “Trialogue” is truly a harmonic convergence of world-class talent that will appeal to a wide audience of music lovers.

The album kicks off on a jazzy note with a bouncy toe-tapping tune called “Cote d’Ivoire.” With Darin’s rhythm guitar and Will’s djembe drum locked into a funky two-chord vamp, Sherry’s flute takes wings. The next piece, “Mending Fences,” is one of Darin’s beautiful contributions, and the intro is reminiscent of the classic Windham Hill sound in his spacious open fingerstyle guitar playing. This track has a very different feel than the first one in that it is a much more detailed composition which evolves through a number of different movements. Perhaps the most unique and certainly the most exotic song on the album is “Midnight In Marrakech.” This song is a real window into the creative interaction of the group, and to borrow a phrase from the 60’s is definitely “far-out.”

I particularly liked the light-hearted, carefree energy of a track called “Top Down.” I suspect that the title is a reference to driving in a convertible, and the song certainly evokes the feel of cruising down the road with the wind in your hair on a summer day. The sense of forward motion is enhanced by a jaunty bass line underscoring Darin’s lively rhythm and lead guitar, and the fact that Will is playing a full drum kit here. All of this makes a perfect foundation for Sherry’s high-flying flute to complete the mix. While much of Sherry’s flute playing could be described in that way, on a group-composed tune called “Thanks For Asking,” her mellow vibrato-inflected sound takes on a more haunting feel that is quite emotive.

I genuinely enjoyed every song on this album, and was constantly impressed with the level of musicianship of each member as well as the synergy of their collaboration. One of the things I appreciated about Darin’s acoustic guitar playing is his stylistic range – from his spacious suspended intros with notes that hang in the air, to folky fingerpicking, jazzy rhythms, tasteful lead guitar, and more. Sherry’s flute parts are always a perfect match for the context of each song both musically and emotionally. The fact that she uses three different flutes adds a variety of shadings and colors to the mix as well. And integrating the percussive mastery of Will Clipman into their sound was a brilliant decision, elevating the whole project to the next level. There is much magic and a bit of Southwestern mojo in the alchemy of these Arizona artists. The inspired interplay on “Trialogue” moves and grooves, drifts and dreams, and takes the listener on a journey through an enchanting variety of musical landscapes.

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CandiceMichelle1 ,

Review from Journeyscapes Radio

“Trialogue” is the collaborative effort of award-wining multi-flutist, Sherry Finzer, guitarist, Darin Mahoney (who plays a self-built koa and cedar guitar), and Grammy-nominated global percussionist, Will Clipman. This proficient and talented musical trio has crafted a diverse album centered on variants of three main instruments, which is mostly evocative of American landscape and the scenic Southwest, although the compositions occasionally traverse along more exotic terrain.

The upbeat “Cote d'lvoire” opens the album with acoustic guitar strumming along, accompanied by flute and quasi-tribal percussion, which gives the tune a slightly world bent. It is followed by the moderately-paced “Mending Fences”, where Sherry’s flute beautifully contrasts the earthier sounding drums and guitars with its more delicate, ethereal touch. “Midnight in Marrakech” is perhaps my favorite track on the album. Beginning with distinctive ethnic percussion, it is followed by an exotic flute melody played on a middle-eastern scale. An old-world mystique permeates the piece, as one might easily imagine touring a Marrakech night market, or embarking on a sojourn into the Sahara desert beneath starlit skies. I’m also especially fond of “Confused”, which is highly reminiscent of the musical style present on Sherry Finzer and Darin Mahoney’s prior collaborative album, “Transformation”. This melancholic piece is guided by a lone flute melody, acoustic guitar and gentle percussion, which convey a sense of serenity, solitude and self-reflection. “Alger Street” also adheres to a similar, more peaceful mood, contrasting the livelier grooves of “Top Down” and “Woodland Lake”, both of which have a pronounced Americana flavor and a country beat. The enchanting “Wolf Haven” is carried just by flute and guitar, serving as a perfect closer to the album. Here one senses that they’ve reached a destination of contentment and calmness, as a cool breeze passes through under moonlight while out in the middle of somewhere.

“Trialogue” is an amazing display of fine musicianship that highlights the respective talents of each artist. It’s the perfect driving music, seeming to play out like a musical road trip, as the listener cruises along for the ride through open spaces, rocky terrain, and the desert at dusk, while occasionally, even making a fun stop along the way at a western saloon. Showcasing a diverse yet cohesive blending of styles, “Trialogue” is especially recommended for fans of acoustic guitar, Native-inspired music, Americana and instrumental bluegrass.

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