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Brad Hammonds Group / Press

“There is, in fact, no bad songs on Greene Street, a near miracle for an instrumental album...Brad is an exquisite guitar player....It’s some of the best-crafted music of its kind... highly recommend this album to, well, everyone. ”

“The Brad Hammonds Group is an unusual string quartet that consists of guitarist Brad Hammonds, cellist Will Maritna, percussionist Mathias Kunzli and bassist Jason DiMatteo. They released their debut album, Greene Street, this July. It is an electic collection of ten virtuoso instrumental tracks that combine elements of bluegrass, folk, classical, chamber, jazz, acoustic rock, Americana and World music. Hammonds’ guitar work is masterful as he plays progressions at a rip-neck pace, changes genres or solemnly leads an instrumental game of tag. The sound is unadulterated, sophisticated and cerebral, but does not require coat and tie or tuxedos. The album provides a musical style and genre synthesis, with novel sonic surprises, that compels this listener to listen attentively. ”

“Comparisons to Leo Kottke and the late Michael Hedges spring to mind when listening to Hammonds’ dazzling fretwork throughout this original instrumental set, though the New York-based guitarist is neither as whimsical as Kottke nor as brooding as Hedges. Rhythmic momentum never wanes and the resonant bass-cello-percussion instrumentation expands on Hammonds’ warm, full tone as he and a superb ensemble wend their way through Celtic reels, acoustic rock, bluegrass, swingy jazz — often within one riff-studded composition. bradhammonds.com”

Pasadena Weekly

“This free but thoughtful and textured set of songs will impress you with their ambition. The acoustic drive of this music prevails as Brad Hammonds and his group roll through rootsy grooves and rocking reels while feeding musical ideas off each other.”

“The Brad Hammonds Group don’t approach anything in a necessarily conventional way, yet it all comes together impulsively with a rich composite sound. Not too unfamiliar but definitely not rote, Hammonds is onto something good, here.”

“The effervescent world folk music of guitarist Brad Hammonds adds another dimension to the world of music with his fellow bandmates. The folk guitarist composes instrumental guitar jams that are accompanied by cello, banjo, mandolin, bass, and percussion. The lightning fast acoustic picking is top-notch and readily processed by all who listen to it's twinkling melodies. The folk percussion and Brad's 12 and 6-string guitars add a little Appalachian splendor to the mix. The ten tracks represent a lush collection of emotive compositions are fun to listen to and each one reveals something new with every listen. Fans of Ben Bowen King, Bob Brozman, European/Celtic traditions, and instrumental guitar-folk music will love it. ~ Matthew Forss”

“That freshness and spontaneous vitality reverberate on Greene Street, a beautifully textured acoustic instrumental album with rock drive...Hammonds’ quicksilver fingers and percussive playing range and rove, but the New York-based musician and composer never strays from the center”

“Brad Hammonds is an amazing guitarist.... What you get is a Singer/Songwriter who creates beautiful music that will certainly make you an instant fan. Some of Brad's biggest appeals come from his soulful jazz rock tunes, beautiful lyrics, and sensational vocals.”

Junior's Cave - Junior's Cave

“2009 sees the release of Hammonds' debut solo album, Through It All, a musical experience you don't want to deny yourself”

Wildy's World

"Brad, undoubtedly has the fastest fingers in the east. I have never, never, ever seen fingers fly up and down the neck of a guitar at this sort of break-neck speed.”

Dian Hall - Music Director of Union Hall

"Hammonds is an exceptional guitarist"

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