Free Play is the 1997 release from Belgian guitarist Philippe Thibaut--an instrumental rock guitar tour-de-force featuring eight original compositions and two cover tunes, "Sisters" (Steve Vai) and "Cabin Fever" (Steve Morse). Thibaut can really play his instrument, or in this case, instruments, as he handled
bass and drum programming duties on all tracks. Highlights include "Birth Of Nature", "Run And Seek" and "Odyssey"--three cuts that exemplify his approach to writing songs, and which include just the right amount of guitar pyrotechnics to satisfy six-string junkies everywhere. Thibaut has an exciting future ahead of him if he continues to develop his songwriting and production skills at his current torrid pace.
Philippe began playing guitar at the age of 15. Entirely self-taught, he used the music of AC/DC, Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai as early inspiration. Philippe has played in a number of cover bands, the latest called Rescue, a group which cover the music of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Queen and Deep Purple. He credits Vai, Satriani and Dream Theatre as major influences in the recording of Free Play, which has received a good deal of favorable press in Belgian and French music publications.
Thibaut is currently looking for a record company to handle his new 10-track instrumental guitar project. If nothing develops, he plans to produce and press the CD on his own.
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