Rustam Quliyev – Azerbaijani Gitara

Album Review | Bongo Joe Records | Review by Allan Wilkinson

The ‘gitara’ is Azerbaijani for ‘electric guitar’ and at the geographical point where Eastern Europe, Russia and the Middle East  meet, they appear to have a fondness for their six-stringed axe along with those who play them.  The nine instrumentals captured here span Rüstəm Quliyev’s entire career and features some of the guitarist’s finest performances, where speed seems to matter; not quite shredding, but fairly nimble nonetheless.  Having lost Quliyev to cancer in 2005, Azerbaijani Gitara stands as a fine tribute to this legendary Azerbaijani musician.