Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson
Like a lot of debut albums by gifted musicians who’ve already spent many years honing their craft, Chris Gray’s self-titled inaugural effort is brimming with musical dexterity, ingenuity and expressiveness throughout. The Lockerbie-born multi-instrumentalist and composer places his inventive whistles and Pipes very much in the mix, not so much as lead instruments, but as part of the whole, giving the fine array of musicians around him plenty of space to breathe and to express themselves.
An album made up entirely of instrumental music, the ten original compositions were recorded in both Glasgow and Edinburgh in 2019 with fellow piper Calum MacCrimmon sharing the producer’s chair. The album has an ensemble feel, with contributions by an array of top notch guest musicians, including Innes White on guitar, Laura-Beth MacCrimmon on Mandolin and Mohsen Amini on Concertina, amongst others.
Choice Track: 8 Mins in Schiphol (NSV 502)