One of the most original and innovative guitarists on the scene today would have to be John Stowell. A true pioneer in methods of playing and composing he stands alone in a sea of guitarists. John's latest release "Rain Painting" gives voice to the intricacies of his compositional skills. Joined by bassist, vocalist and master recording engineer, Dan Dean, John's originals are brought to their full potential. I am swept away by the clarity and meditative power of the melodies and the skill of Dan to orchestrate them. The careful use of vocals, percussion and additional guitar tracks further enhance the recording. Dan's bass playing and vocals are exceptional with their deep rich tones blending so well with the guitar. John's playing is outstanding throughout with exquisite phrasing, tone and use of dissonance. His chordal and single note lines are colorful and unique, using voicings that demonstrate undiscovered ways of approaching the guitar. Our ears are treated to what great possibilities there can be when we leave our harmonic comfort zones. Having ten of John's compositions that were written at different times throughout his career on one recording presents a panoramic view of who John is musically. For those of you not familiar with John's writings "Rain Painting" allows you to experience them as one cohesive performance. This recording is nothing less then a masterful work of art.