ROGER FILGATE: Pink Flamenco
Sonic House Post recently received the long awaited new release Pink Flamenco from guitarist and writer, Roger Filgate to master. Upon listening to this mix, I now understand Bob Ludwig's comment "there are just some mixes you wish you didn't have to master", so as not to have to change anything. With this in mind, we spoke with Roger to hear him describe his vision of the final product. Concerns of keeping all the dynamics intact was an important task in mastering. It was apparent to me that I needed to approach this with subtle and careful processing to achieve the desired goals.
The masters were sent back and forth for approval, and with patient and skilled communication on Roger’s part, we got the product we all hoped for. This new piece is a seven-minute plus journey of seamless melodic guitar playing, changing guitars throughout, with hardly a notice by the listener. I found myself listening in my real-world studio of my car for over 2 hours, not realizing the time that had gone by, just repeating the track over and over, blissfully enjoying the new discoveries of Mr. Filgate's beautiful guitar melodies, taking the listener on a trip through his thoughtful and purposeful production and arrangements of instrumentation. Roger always showcases the musicianship and virtuosity along with the other players on his songs without it being obvious. Pink Flamenco is an epic release from Roger, my advice: get it and you, too, will be able to take this journey through Mr. Filgate’s mind - just don't plan on being the same when you return!
President / Chief Mastering Engineer
Sonic House Post
Taking a cue from the diverse array of music recorded by his former band, Wishbone Ash, guitarist Roger Filgate sticks to the all instrumental format on his 2009 CD, World’s Within. Blending majestic prog-rock with jazz, funky r&b, acoustic ragtime, a touch of flamenco and much more, Filgate keeps his sonic palate highly diversified on World’s Within. Filgate performs all guitars, lap steel and keyboards and there’s even the prog sound of a mellotron somewhere in the mix! World’s Within is so diverse that you almost have to check the CD artwork to make sure it’s all by the same guitarist. The CD even features Filgate’s instrumental LedZep inspired rock cover of the “Courageous Cat” theme! Here’s a guitarist not afraid to take chances. Backed up by Ed Lange (drums) and Peter Bennett (bass), Filgate fires it up on all cylinders, driving his instrumental music home with much musical passion and ferocity. Few guitarists today can get it so together on such a diverse and powerful instrumental rock album as well as Filgate and the proof is in the grooves of World’s Within. Well worth the time for fans of Filgate’s rock albums with Wishbone Ash, as well as his recent stint as guitarist in Chubby Checker’s excellent recent group, World’s Within establishes Filgate as a resourceful music man with a whole lotta tasty guitar moves up his sleeve.
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ROGER FILGATE: Worlds Within
Filgate was a member of Wishbone Ash during the mid and late ’90s, and more recently recorded and performed with Chubby Checker. This album features a dozen tracks of instrumental guitar-o-licious goodness, enhanced by Filgate’s impressive array of vintage axes and amps. This isn’t groundbreaking music by any means, and stylistically the album dishes up a smorgasbord rather than concentrating on a particular cuisine – but Filgate’s superb playing and seemingly limitless supply of classic tones make each song a truly tasty treat. In the liner notes, Filgate says his biggest influence was Steve Howe, which makes sense given his multifaceted approach. For example, there’s the SRV-tinged “The Bulldog Blues” that veers off into prog-like orchestral bombast midway; the genuinely prog “Flight” with its Mellotrons, 13/8 time signature, and Howe-like echoed lap-steel; the pretty solo acoustic steel-string “Wrapped in Bronze” and semi-classical nylon-string “Roraima”; the borderline smooth jazz “Cruise Control”; the Beck-ish “Dissonance”; the countrified “Telekinesis” and the Nugent-meets-AC/DC “Dance of the Poltergeist.” Besides the exemplary guitar playing, what saves this collection from simply being an insufferable hodgepodge is the way in which Filgate constantly mixes things up and keeps you guessing. You can tell that he had more fun than a kid in a candy factory making this record, and the enthusiasm and joyousness are effectively conveyed to the listener.
American guitarist Roger Filgate has played in numerous bands from coast to coast over the years, the most notable being the British classic rock band Wishbone Ash where he played alongside founding member Andy Powell for a brief period in the mid 90's.
While a large majority of instrumental guitar albums tend to either be one dimensional or self serving platforms for players to show off their chops with an excessive amount of masturbatory guitar solos, it's rather refreshing to come across a player such as Filgate who displays neither of these qualities. His latest solo effort entitled Worlds Within is a fantastic, multi-dimensional record that incorporates many different styles of music in addition to demonstrating his all-round versatility as a player and songwriter.
Over the course of this diverse, twelve song disc Filgate seamlessly shifts gears between blues and country tinged riffs, classical, jazz, and progressive rock. Basically the idea here was to incorporate many different 'musical worlds' and have them peacefully co-exist on the same record. The challenge with creating a record such as this is not to have it sound contrived or have it come across as being diverse just for the sake of being diverse. Thankfully there are no such concerns on World's Within as Roger doesn't turn in one of your typical 'guitar slinger' albums. The listener is treated to a different flavor with each track.
"Eastcoast Boogie" and "The Bulldog Blues" find him tearing off a plethora of blues licks that will have guitar players everywhere eagerly licking their chops, while delicate acoustic numbers such as "Wrapped In Bronze" and "Roraima" reveal another side of his diverse musical palette; think "Mood For A Day" style Steve Howe to get a better idea of what I'm talking about. He ventures out into distinctly more progressive territory on "Flight", a track in which he breaks out the Moog Taurus bass pedals and the Mellotron to really blow the marvelous middle section of the song wide open. The 70's British blues based hard rock sound is explored on "Say What You Will" and "Mofo", two tracks where he definitely goes for a more ballsy, almost Zeppelin-esque sound. Want country style picking and rockabilly? Well Roger's got that covered as well on "Courageous Cat" and "Telekinesis", further proof that nothing is off limits on World's Within.
If you're unfamiliar with Roger's work (much like I was before I got hold of this album) then I can't think of a better place to start than right here with World's Within. In this day and age it's rare to come across an album that works so well on so many different levels as what you'll find here. If you're looking for music that is both engaging and full of diversity, not to mention tastefully and flawlessly executed, then look no further because this one has it all.
Guitar Guru Roger Filgate Relies On BEHRINGER For New CD!
Roger Filgate knows his way around a studio just as well as a fretboard. His latest work, “Worlds Within,” is a tasty, high-calorie sampler platter of all the sounds and textures that the guitar has to offer.
Or, should I say “that the guitars have to offer.” Roger used no less than 6 guitars on the album, (7 if you count the lap steel) showcasing a diversity of tones and styles that – in the wrong hands – could come across as scatterbrained. Perhaps surprisingly, “Worlds Within” reads as a remarkably cohesive body of work that still compels after repeated listening.
Roger says: “I recorded my new album ‘Worlds Within’ on the BEHRINGER 2442FX mixing board and really had amazing results. It’s a very clean sounding board, loaded with features that are easy to use at an unbelievable price – big bang for the buck!”
The clarity of the board really shows when engineered by hands as seasoned as Roger’s. One spin of the disc audibly showcases the nuanced detail of Roger’s technique and guitar choices. Now bitten by the BEHRINGER bug, Roger has added our K3000FX keyboard amp for his live shows!
Check out www.rogerfilgate.com for more info on Roger and his various projects. He’s a busy guy!
Vintage Guitar magazine May 2009 Vol.23 No. 07
Roger Filgate Worlds Within (Eras End Productions)
Roger Filgate spent part of the ’90s playing guitar with English progressive rockers Wishbone Ash. That tenure doesn’t prepare the listener for the well-rounded batch of instrumentals on this release.
Funky rock and roll mixes with airy acoustic pieces and sterling production on cuts that make this sound like an army of guitarists at work, not just one.
“Eastcoast Boogie” is a perfect example; a funky rocker with solos full of unexpected choices of notes and a variety of settings and sounds. “The Bulldog Blues” starts as a typical uptempo blues stomper before Filgate throws in nice non-clichéd riffs. And the midsection turns to a progressive rock feel before heading back to blues.
“Courageous Cat” is a cartoon theme that lets Filgate show off more chops and tricks, like the cool “wall” of harmonized guitars in the middle, and the rockabilly stomp that dominates the song.
There are also fine acoustic pieces, like “Wrapped in Bronze,” a majestic piece with a fine flat-picked solo. And while most cuts on the disc are rock tunes, “Cruise Control” stands out as the lone jazz piece. While citing Alan Holdsworth and Nick Moroch in the liner notes, the sound here hints at the masters with its fiery jazz single-note licks, octaves, and nice chordal work.
We also get a chickin’-pickin’ lesson on “ Telekinesis,” a country stomper that rounds out Filgate’s versatility. It’s great to hear a record made for guitarists by a guitarist who really knows his craft – JH.
Pipeline Magazine, Surrey, England. June 2009.
Roger Filgate has played guitar in several bands and joined Wishbone Ash in the ‘90s. Accompanied by Peter Bennett on bass and Ed Lange on drums, Worlds Within is Roger’s first all-instrumental solo album and on it he plays electric, acoustic and lap steel guitars plus keyboards. Guitars used include Fenders, Gibsons and Martins, Roger’s note for Eastcoast Boogie even telling us that each solo uses a different pickup of his Strat through a different amp – Vox, Marshall, Fender. This is just the sort of info guitar freaks love to know about each track.
An album of such variety as this is difficult to summarise. All of the tunes are Filgate originals, an eclectic set of material mixing rock, blues and progressive styles which overall is closest to the classic rock of the late ‘60s to early ‘80s period. It has power, clarity of tone, great arrangements and use of dynamics, infectious riffs and rhythms, plus a sense of melody that’s often sadly lacking in such ventures. That’s one reason why such solo albums frequently impress immediately only to rapidly lose their attraction, but not in this case. I should also mention that this is no extravagant widdle-fest and, with an average track length of 31/2 minutes, there’s also no time for meandering excess. Taking Eastcoast Boogie as an example, it’s all wrapped up in under three minutes – three solos and all.
After this steady rockin’ opener The Bulldog Blues flows fast and true with great chunky rhythm guitar and an expansive, soaring break, things hotting up even more for the fast-flying and dramatic Courageous Cat where Roger shows how speed playing can be oh so effective in short bursts. It’s time for an acoustic guitar interlude on Wrapped in Bronze, which hops and skips with delightful variety to hold your attention. Flight builds expansively in 13/8 time and is worthy of the best ‘70s Brit prog rockers, as is the slightly heavier Say What You Will. Roraima is a charming light piece for classical guitar. Cruise Control is all mellow with an unexpected electrifying solo, while Mofo is the heaviest number with its riff rock framework and guitar taking the lead “vocal”. Dissonance is one of the three tracks enhanced by background keyboards and is an emotional, blues-influenced soiree with hints of Hey Joe about its theme – superb.
Telekinesis is a brief twangy interlude for solo electric guitar where hybrid picking extracts a Telecaster sound from Roger’s Strat. The finale Dance of the Poltergeist is a fine amalgam of rock and prog on which to close this attractive and enthralling album. My only criticism is that there’s no track list on the back of the CD case.
I thoroughly recommend Worlds Within to anyone whose taste for rock guitar extends beyond the early ‘60s.
Roger Filgate - Progressive Collective
Roger Filgate is a guitar player. Many of you may know him by the time he spent trading licks with the great Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash, but I’m sure there are even more of you that need to know him further. Filgate released a handful of solo albums since departing Wishbone Ash in 1997, and this collection highlights the more progressive work of those records. The disc is packed with solid arrangements, blistering licks, and stylish guitar sounds. From the incessant jamming of “Say What You Will” to the emotionally driven blues of “Dissonance,” Filgate is sure to thrill every guitar lover out there.
Some of my favorite tunes from this collection are those that delve into the outer reaches of rock. I love the steady rhythm that starts “Rapid Fire,” but I really love the middle of the song that tickles the fringes of jazz. When Filgate isn’t ripping things up, it’s songs like this that show what he can do stylistically. Another song that mixes his rock chops with tinges of jazz and blues is “Red Strat Shuffle.” This is a song that impresses to no end. “White Rush-In” is a song that takes the jazz and rock elements and plays around with them as well, just in a more structured song format. I was reminded of the band Rush upon hearing the track, and then I noticed the title. Hmm...a tribute to the Canadian rockers, perhaps? Any way you slice it, it’s another brilliant track.
For many of you, the real treat will come at the end of this disc. Filgate includes four Wishbone Ash tracks, all of them drawn from the “Illuminations” release, done in his own instrumental brilliance. I particularly like the adaptations of “No Joke” and “Tales Of The Wise,” the latter of which is probably the most progressive piece on the disc. “Tales” explores the depths of Filgate’s creative arranging, taking twists and turns as it changes time signatures and splashes color all over a complex musical canvas.
Roger Filgate is a guitarist. One listen to Progressive Collective proves it.
Super Hot Swimsuit Bikini Model Showcasing Classic Rock and Roll Guitarist in Music Videos
Swimsuit super model Veronica LaVery is tearing up the beaches of San Diego all while showcasing the music of rock and roll guitarist Roger Filgate. The beach music videos showcase some scenic beaches along with hot shots of the sexy bikini model.
Video featuring Dance of the Poltergeist: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzmO4EstVTo
Video featuring The Bulldog Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPK6AFaCYEo
Video featuring Eastcoast Boogie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luFBeDdHyC0
VINTAGE GUITAR MAGAZINE
ROGER FILGATE: Beyond Wishbone
By Willie G. Moseley
Sometimes, being in a certain location at a certain time turns out to be lucky for a certain musician, and such was the case in the early ‘90s for Connecticut guitarist Roger Filgate. He grew up in Ridgefield as the youngest of four boys (all musicians), and still resides there. Filgate’s mother was a classical concert pianist, so he took piano lessons from ages four through eight, but gravitated to guitar at nine, and was tutored by an older brother.
“I first tried to use my dad’s old Martin 00-18,” he recalled, “but I couldn’t even get my hands completely around the neck!”
Filgate’s first electric, acquired at age ten, was a used Univox copy of a Gibson ES-335, which he later sold, but he now owns it again. He recounted that his earliest influences were “…the Beatles and various ‘60s groups, then classic rockers like Skynyrd and Zeppelin. It was when I saw Yes for the first time that my life changed; it was 1977 during the Going for the One tour, and I was eleven. After hearing Steve Howe that night, it was ‘Game Over’! I remember thinking to myself: ‘That’s what I want to do’.”
He played in cover bands and original bands since middle school, and one of his primary axes was, and still is, a 1980 Candy Apple Red Fender “The Strat” with matching headstock and brass parts, which his mother bought him for his fifteenth birthday. Filgate described the model as “…one of Fender’s best-kept secrets! It’s a great axe, although it weighs ten pounds. It plays and sounds amazing; it’s definitely ballsier and more versatile than most Strats.”
Filgate is also partial to Gibson ES-345s, and currently has two, a ’72 in ice-tea sunburst and a ’78 in wine red. He re-wired the ’72 to mono, and also replaced its original tuners with Grovers.
“While many players don’t like the Varitone, I happen to love it,” Filgate said of the ES-345’s unique rotary switch device. “It gives you that really- honky nasal tone while in the middle position—not useful all of the time, but unique nonetheless.”
While working in a music store, Roger met Wishbone Ash founding guitarist Andy Powell, who lived nearby and was seeking a piano teacher for his son. A musical friendship developed, and Filgate began jamming and writing with Powell. In the early ‘90s, Andy asked him to go on the road with “the Ash” as a guitar tech and roadie, which gave Filgate a plethora of experience.
The other guitarist in Wishbone Ash was original member Ted Turner, in his second go-round with the group. When Turner departed again in ‘94, Filgate became the band’s other guitarist.
During Roger’s tenure with Wishbone Ash, he relied primarily on his ’72 ES-345. He appeared on the band’s Live in Geneva (1995) and Illuminations (1996), playing guitar and bass on the latter. He also recorded tracks for the 1997 Distillation four-CD boxed set, and said of a re-make of “Mountainside” (recorded in England) found in that definitive collection: “I actually used (Wishbone Ash founding bassist) Martin Turner’s original Thunderbird bass. On the version on the Illuminations album, recorded here in the States, I’d used a Rickenbacker 4001.”
Filgate departed Wishbone Ash due to his desire to further his musical horizons, recounting: “You’re in sort of an isolated world while traveling around, but it’s an incredible experience. I understand from a fan’s perspective that they want to hear the classic tunes, and I agree—the early albums are great, and I enjoyed playing those songs live, but musically, I wanted to do more.”
And in the ensuing years, Roger took such a notion to heart, playing in a Beatles tribute band, a progressive rock band named Cinema (which released an album called Universal Language in 2000), and a hard rock aggregation, Blast Room (which released Rock is Dead in 2006). In 2007, he recorded guitar solos for legendary singer Chubby Checker’s single “Knock Down the Walls”.
Now comes Filgate’s Worlds Within instrumental album, showcasing a number of styles (and guitars).
“I’ve never done a solo album or an instrumental album,” Roger noted. “I wanted to combine all of the styles I enjoy playing, and since there are no vocals, the biggest challenge was to keep it interesting, musically.”
In addition to his trusty The Strat and ’72 ES-345, Filgate utilized a Gibson Les Paul Classic (on which he installed a Vibrola), a Martin HD-28, an Alvarez MC-90, a ’74 Stratocaster, and a ’67 Fender Stringmaster lap steel (originally an eight-string, it’s strung as a six-string and has two Lace Sensor pickups).
Several of the electric songs on Worlds Within sound somewhat “frenetic-but-organized”, a la contemporary guitarists like Jeff Kollman of Cosmosquad. Such fare is balanced with numbers like “Wrapped in Bronze” (featuring the Martin) and “Roraima” (on which he plays the Alvarez).
“There’s a bit of fret buzzing on ‘Wrapped in Bronze’,” Filgate detailed, “but I left it in there—keeps it real, and it can actually help create a vibe for the song. There’s even a Keith Emerson type of riff on that one.”
Guitar lovers will appreciate the liner notes that cite each guitar used on each track, as well as comments about influences for each song.
The guitarist’s musical associates for the album were bassist Peter Bennett, who used a ’65 Jazz Bass on the entire album, and drummer Ed Lange.
“Both guys have serious chops!” Roger enthused. “They did a great job, and contributed a lot to the sound of the record.”
Filgate is now in the process of putting together live shows for the summer, and plans to continue in an instrumental direction, noting “I really like this path I’m on now; I plan to do more of it.” There are plans for further recordings with Chubby Checker, and a possibility of production work with Wishbone Ash.
Willie G. Moseley is the Senior Writer for Vintage Guitar Magazine, and is presently working on his eighth book. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This article originally appeared in Vintage Guitar Magazine’s May 2009 issue. All rights reserved.
BLAST ROOM Rock Is Dead CD Review:
"Rock Is Dead," heh ……hardly.
The day former Wishbone Ash guitarist, Roger Filgate, chose to use "Rock Is Dead" for a working title, I'm sure he spent the better half of it chuckling at the dubious irony. This explosive, loaded freight train serves as a Guitar Rock defibrillator, if anything. Rooted in a hard rock garden, this Aerosmith / Led Zeppelin-fashioned fruit is succulent and ready for picking. Filgate takes the hard rock guitar solo and breathes new life into the dying art. With riffs, licks and heavy grooving that brings thoughts of acts like Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Guns 'N' Roses and former Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Jake E. Lee's short-lived Badlands project, Blast Room is an air guitarist's paradise.
When I first heard the opening track, "Feel So High," my immediate thought went to the heavy Blues Rock groove jamming of Badlands. As the record rolled on I started hearing pieces of so many great things that I had fallen in love with in the past. Think of this as a 10-piece jigsaw puzzle, with each piece emblazoned with your most memorable musical memories. As you start to assemble each of these pieces though, you start to find out that the completed picture is not a collage of old greats, but it is a stunning portrait of Roger Filgate and his Blast Room bandmates. This band has the limbs of those that came before them, but a heart all its own.
Besides Filgate's stupendous guitar work that stretches throughout the entire record, there is another chilling sensation at work here. Vocalist Rob Jackson delivers a strong and passionate performance as he caresses the delicate strains of "Need To Know" and wails feverishly through the title track. With "Need To Know" being reminiscent of a "No Quarter"-era Zeppelin, and the title track having the hard rock fervor of a Guns 'N' Roses rhythm, Jackson shows great versatility and vocal prowess. Bassist Sandy Nardone (Pound / Mr. Mudd) and drummer Chris Tatalias from New York-based Aerosmith tribute band Rag Doll, make for a rollicking good time as the rhythmic backbone of Blast Room.
MUSIC WEB EXPRESS 3000 PRESENTS:
AN INTERVIEW WITH ROGER FILGATE
(Guitarists Making Waves In The Music World, Their New Recordings And Gear!)
- Q: Musical Background -
- A: I’m the youngest of four boys, we’re all musicians. I started with piano lessons (ages 4-8) from my mom, who was an incredible classical concert pianist. I really owe all the musical talent to her. But after several years of piano books and recitals it was time for a change. At age 9 I switched over to guitar, taking lessons from my brother Jim. Originally, I started with my Dad’s old Martin acoustic and about a year later got my first electric. After a few years I stopped lessons and learned on my own from that point. Through my older brothers Mike & Jim, I grew up listening to & learning songs from the Beatles, Byrds, and other 60’s groups. They’re both great players and were always in bands, so I’d hear everything from that time; Stones, Hendrix, The Who, CSN, The Nazz - you name it. Even lesser known groups like Moby Grape, Blue Cheer and Bubble Puppy. Then on to the 70’s bands like Jethro Tull, Wishbone Ash, Yes, ELP, Zeppelin etc. Aside from that, my brother Gary was into bluegrass and is one mean banjo picker! So I also heard Flatt & Scruggs, Tony Rice, New Grass Revival in the house. It was pretty much like being a kid in a musical candy store, anything and everything right there.
- Q: New CD -
- (Worlds Within / Eras End Productions)
- A: The album is called Worlds Within and I recorded it in my studio in Connecticut. It’s an instrumental guitar album and really the first time I’ve been able to play such a wide array of music on one record. Right from the start I wanted to make it different from anything I’ve done before. An instrumental CD was the perfect way to go – no boundaries. In terms of production & engineering, I used Protools, so it’s a very clean recording but still has a vintage vibe to it. I listened to a lot of older albums to help lay things out like panning, EQ, levels, sounds etc. Guitar-wise, it was a blast! Just being able to play whatever I wanted, and finding the right guitars and amps that fit the mood of each tune – a lot of work but fun too. My main goal was to keep it interesting and not let it get boring. Plus by spreading out the styles it appeals to many different age groups, which is a cool thing. It actually took a long time to get to this point. When you’re in a band, you can sometimes get anchored down as a player, and that can be limiting and very frustrating - and Lord knows I’ve been in enough bands! So, this is really a new path for me. It’s complete freedom to let the guitars do all of the talking for a change.
- Q: Favorite Guitars -
- A: I have many, but there’s a few main one’s that I always play. My main battle-axe is a 1980 Fender The Strat, heavy as hell, but a great guitar. That model tends to get overlooked by many players because of the era it came from. It’s more versatile than most Strats. One of the tone knobs is a selector switch, which gives you 4 additional sounds, including a great Tele sound (featured on “Telekinesis”). I got it new for my 15th birthday and have used it in every group ever since, including Wishbone Ash. There’s my Gibson Les Paul Classic, another workhorse. I put a Vibrola tailpiece on it last year, which gives it a unique look, and works great.
- (Les Paul with added Maestro / Vibrola Tailpiece)
- Also from the Wishbone days is my ’72 Gibson ES-345, one of my favorites. I rewired it mono, and put Grover’s on it, just a really nice axe. I bought two acoustics to record on the album. One is a Martin HD-28 (featured on “Wrapped in Bronze”) and an Alvarez MC-90 classical (featured on “Roraima”). They’re both beautiful guitars and I love the tone of them. Amps for the album, I switched back & forth between Marshall 50 & 100 watt Plexi’s, Artist 3203, usually with a 2x12 blues breaker cab or a 4x12 cab. A Fender Twin Reverb, Deluxe Rev, Bronco and a couple of Vox AC-30’s. Pedals include an Ibanez TS9 Tube screamer w/Analogman “silver” mod, Ibanez TS9 w/Keeley “baked” mod, Maxon SD9 w/Analogman mod, Boss CH-1, Boss DD20, MXR Phase 90, Dunlop Mr. Crybaby wah/vol, Pedaltrain pedal board. String for the electrics are D’addario xl-110’s and acoustics are Martin Marquis 12 gauge. I also use D’addario nylons for the classical.
- Q: Musical Influences -
- A: As far as groups go there’s a ton: Beatles, Yes, Zeppelin, Skynyrd, Police, Rush, ELP and many more. In terms of guitarists, again there’s so many, but I’d say Steve Howe tops the influence list. Some other biggies include Hendrix, Page, Steve Gaines, David Gilmore, Alex Lifeson, Frampton. During the 80’s I got into players like Eric Johnson, Allan Holdsworth, Trevor Rabin, Andy Summers and even a bit of Eddie Van Halen, but I purposely avoided the whole finger-tapping thing! Other players include Brian Setzer, and Stevie Ray Vaughn. During my Wishbone days, Andy Powell & I would trade riffs a lot, and I even traded a few with Ted Turner. Aside from guitar, I used to learn a lot of the bass parts from records when I was a teenager. Paul McCartney, Chris Squire, Geddy Lee to name a few, had amazing technique & feel. Occasionally, I’d snag some keyboard riffs and play them on guitar. It was a challenge to figure out and play Keith Emerson riffs, but they sound so cool! I also teach guitar, so I’ve been subjected to so much music over the years, all styles from A-Z. For me, it’s opened up my mind as a player and also from an engineering & production standpoint. When you dig into a recording you really get to understand how it all works – what it takes to capture that particular vibe, from the instruments to the musicians and the actual recording itself. Some albums that had the biggest impact early on started with the Beatles, pretty much every album! Then there’s Yes especially from The Yes Album to Going For The One. Street Survivors from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Led Zeppelin IV, News Of The World from Queen, Permanent Waves & Moving Pictures from Rush. They all blew me away, I wore out the records and needles learning them!
El Retorno del Gigante, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Eras End - 2008
Roger Filgate is a virtuoso and eclectic guitarist, great taste and touch, great technique and versatility and has also played with other great artists, bands from New York to Los Angeles, was a member of Wishbone Ash, and now he turned to a solo stage, gives us this beautiful work called "Worlds Within", a little sample of this just described.
This will happen at work with powerful themes of powerful guitars as "Eastcoast Boogie" that opens the work in the sweeping "Mofo" sounds "ala Satriani" or virtual tribute to Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple, "Dance of the Poltergeist" a striking strong theme that closes the album so great, which also has a place for the classic progressive rock in the beautiful "Flight" with an air reminiscent of the "Man of Our Times" Best Mike Rutherford of Genesis, conducting brilliant guitar and keyboards and deploying a large amount of bass and drums on the changing "Say What You Will".
Single acoustic guitar, Roger also looks at the delicate "Wrapped in Bronze", highly accomplished and subtle "Roraima" very beautiful and amazing, "Telekinesis" surely inspired by the style of Steve Howe.
Very well accomplished halftime nearby on "Dissonance", ala Ray Vaughan and Santana.
Accompanying Roger Filgate that handles all guitars, composition and production of the disc is; Peter Bennett on bass and Ed Lange on drums.
Great job, diverse and comprehensive, nuanced, good taste and many guitars as seen on the cover of the work, so yes, all well used.
(Excerpt from Wishbone Ash / Blue Horizon album review)
‘Strange how things come back around’, written by former Wishbone Ash guitarist Roger Filgate, sees the band wander gently up another stylistic avenue with a gently funky bass groove underpinning sweet, smooth guitar work that ensnares the listener in fine threads of liquid silk whilst the vocals drift slowly across the surface. It’s a lovely song and offers a perfect moment of calm before the rumbling, progressive ‘being one’ with its King Crimson feel and rich harmonies.
Wishbone Ash, "Illuminations" (Talking Elephant Records) - Guitarist Andy Powell was the only original member remaining in the Wishbone Ash line-up when the time came for them to record "Illuminations" in 1995, but Andy and his recently recruited cohorts excelled themselves with what must rank as the band's finest album in many a long year. Powell and the multi-talented Roger Filgate delivered the familiar twin lead guitar sound as Ash served up classy and compelling creations such as "No Joke," "Mystery Man" and the epic "Tales of the Wise."