I came to know the music of Jonas Tamas with an introduction by the artist himself. He had seen a review I had done of another young guitarist and asked me if I might have a listen to his work. Not only did I listen to it, I bought all four of his albums. This is music made for the fan of instrumental rock guitar. Sit back and let the hooks grab you, let the riffs carry you on a wave of shred, through the lovely breaks to deliver you calmly to the shore.
Hailing from Hungary, the music in these fingers knows no boundaries. His website, http://www.jonastamas.com, is also quite inventive. How could I fail to love his music when he lists some of my favorites as his influences? One can hear a bit of all of them—Andy Timmons, Steve Vai, Guthrie Govan, Jason Becker, and the great David Gilmour. I also heard bits of Vinnie Moore and Marty Friedman in those influences, but perhaps all of these artists influence each other.
Tamas’ latest endeavors are the pair (so far) of recurrent works, The Four Seasons, Part 1, Spring (2016) and The Four Seasons, Part 2, Summer (2017). These two may be the more progressive of the albums, almost new-age in their calm. A peaceful respite from everyday business and, I’ve found, a joy with which to wake up. Don’t get me wrong, neither could be categorized “new age” as it’s come to be known. This is full-on rock guitar, but they go well with a cup of coffee.
After becoming acquainted with these two albums, I delved into the rest of his catalog. His first album, Sharp Guitars From a Flat Planet (2009), followed by Timeless Hour (2011), are filled with the music that fuels my days. How good is he? He’s so good, Steve Vai signed him to his Favored Nations label. If you are a fan of solid, emotionally charged, creative and accessible, instrumental rock guitar, check out Jonas Tamas. You won’t be sorry.