Magazine article Guitar Player

Jeff Pevar

Magazine article Guitar Player

Jeff Pevar

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WHEN JEFF PEVAR CREDITS HIS "YIDDISH ANGELS" FOR GUIDING HIS DEBUT SOLO album, From the Core [Pet Peev Music/pevar.com], he isn't kidding. In 2010, Pevar was commissioned to write music for The Marble Halls of Oregon--a PBS documentary on the Oregon Caves National Monument. Typically, the sideman for artists such as James Taylor, Rickie Lee Jones, Joe Cocker, and CSN would start and finish the project in his home studio. But the angels had another plan, and Pevar was invited to record his pieces inside the caves.

"It was quite the unique experience," he says. "It took 30 minutes to walk to the largest cavern--'The Ghost Room'--where we set everything up. The caves were chilly and condensation dripped from the rock walls. You can hear it during quiet moments of the recordings."

Pevar decided not to compose his pieces beforehand, as he had a premonition the setting would strongly influence his improvisations. …

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