Jon Durant Discography

Alternate Landscapes

2019

Jon Durant’s “Alternate Landscapes” represents a remarkably unique approach to the guitar. Throughout the four extended compositions, the only instrument used is a guitar, though at no time is it obvious that a guitar is being played. The material includes some overt references to some of the music that inspired Durant as a teenager in the 1970s, including Tangerine Dream and Fripp & Eno. Durant’s vision on “Alternate Landscapes” was one of extensive sonic vistas, taking time to unfold but deeply engaging throughout. At times lush and beautiful and other times dark and disturbing, the landscapes evolve slowly and evocatively.



Parting Is

2018

Jon Durant Guitars

Including:

Koll JD Fretless Tornado, PRS LTD SemiHollow, Experience 24, Custom 22/12, Klein Electric Guitar, Spector Fretless Bass, Pigtronix Echolution 2, Infinity Looper, Eventide H9

If ever any set of compositions deserved to be the definition of beautiful, it is ‘Parting Is’ by long time guitarist (multi-instrumentalist) and composer Jon Durant. Jon describes this as his most personal solo (and this is all done by him and him alone) yet. He lists his chosen instruments on each song and they include ‘cloud guitar’, electric 12 string guitar, fretless guitar, fretless bass, and electric guitar. The arrangements are paramount.

— artrockin.com


Dance of the Shadow Planets

Dance of the Shadow Planets
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2011

Jon Durant: Guitars, Cloud Guitars
Colin Edwin: Fretless Bass
Caryn Lin: Violin
Jerry Leake: Percussion

Joined by Porcupine Tree bassist Colin Edwin, global percussionist Jerry Leake, and techno-tribal violinist Caryn Lin, Durant elicits enticing riffs, mysterious melodies, cloud guitar atmospheres, and seductive solos from his PRS guitars. His tones are pure and sweet--modulated with deft whammy manipulations á la Rypdal and Torn--melding seamlessly with the album's Eastern-flavored ambient grooves.

— Guitar Player Magazine


Flood

2007

Jon Durant: Guitars, Cloud Guitars, Synth Guitars, Fretless Bass
Tony Levin: Basses, Stick
Vinny Sabatino: Percussion


Jon Durant, Tony Levin & Vinny Sabatino. Another new CD, another set of challenges. This time a whole new set of textures result from the use of 12 string guitars replacing the tuned percussives. Vinny's back to playing hand drums on this record, whereas it was all kit on the last one. Tony's here on stick, upright, and 5 string bass, and Jon's playing fretless on a couple of tunes. There's an interesting flow to the record, alternating between heavier rhythmic bits and more ambient things. And in spots it's a fair bit heavier than anything Jon's done to date. There's also something he's never done on record before, which is a cover song. (A solo guitar version of Peter Gabriel's "Here Comes the Flood”)

— artist-shop.com


Things Behind the Sun

2004

Jon Durant: Guitars, Cloud Guitars, Synth Guitars, Gongs
Tony Levin: Electric Upright Bass
Vinny Sabatino: Drums, Percussion
Joe Cunningham: Bulgarian Frula


Ambient, expansive, far-reaching, progressive jazz fusion that doesn't shy away from the intimate and dives without hesitation into the adventurous. With swirling guitars, thick bass and minimalistic, cyclic grooves, the album encircles the listener with an aromatic, dewy atmosphere. Jon Durant weaves a moody, feeling sound tapping into new age and pop writing- one might even hear distant echoes of something Sting-like. This is jazz fusion at its most expressive and colorful.

— CDBaby.com


Brief Light

Brief Light
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2001


Jon Durant: Guitars, Cloud Guitars, Synths
Tony Levin: Basses, Stick
Vinny Sabatino: Percussion, Drums
Michael Whalen: Piano

Brief Light is an exquisite, continually fascinating album by an artist who is expert at shaping sound in evocative and multidimensional ways. It is well worth experiencing.

— Jazz Times Magazine


Anatomy of a Wish

Anatomy of a Wish
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1999

Jon Durant: Guitar, Cloud Guitars
Tony Levin: Basses, Stick
Michael Manring: Fretless Bass
Vinny Sabatino: Percussion

Anatomy of a Wish continues the fine discography Jon Durant has offered of otherworldly guitar textures and haunting dreamscapes. Durant's slick guitar wizardry and multifaceted effects are the backgrounds for trance and shifting inner worlds -- each piece alive with deep imagination and undisputed creative vision. Durant excels on guitar, cloud guitar, and his usual array of amazing sonic manipulations. He is firmly established now as one of the reigning masters of what might be called "infinitely manipulated atmospheric guitar effects."

— allmusic.com


Silent Extinction Beyond the Zero

Silent Extinction Beyond the Zero
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1996

Jon Durant: Guitars, Cloud Guitars, Bass
Tony Levin: Electric Upright Bass, Stick
Vinny Sabatino: Percussion, Drums

If you like David Torn, Michael Brook, Robert Fripp, Tony Levin, Eno, Steve Tibbetts, Steve Hackett each at their infinite guitar, textural guitar, "cloud guitar," guitar soundscaping, reverby, echo delay, loops, sustainesque best...then Jon Durant is for you. The nine tracks are atmospheric, upbeat Levin/Manring jazzy, Torn funky, Brook spaced and Eno visioned masterpieces. This is the BEST collection of this type of guitar work I have ever heard.

— allmusic.com


Three if by Air

Three if by Air
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1994

Jon Durant: Guitars, Cloud Guitars, Keyboards

"In the liner notes to his debut, Durant thanks his heroes - David Torn, Robert Fripp, Allan Holdsworth, Bill Frisell, Terje Rypdal, etc. - preparing you for the delicate but disturbed instrumental passages that await within. This Boston-area guitarist weaves dark, gossamer chords (with heavy processing) to create textures reminiscent of the '70's fusion sound created on the noted ECM label. In similar fashion, 'Three If By Air' is elegantly twisted stuff."

— Guitar Magazine