Michael Bocian has taken the guitar to new places with his amazing and beautiful 25 etudes. Michael, with a fertile imagination and original approach, brings out a vast range of expression and color in this wonderfully conceived and performed recording. I urge all those for whom music is of great importance to listen. All guitarists should listen closely as well to hear new directions and ideas for the instrument. James Emery Everyone\'s developments in music is a very personal experience. We all learn from one another and give each other ideas to feed off of, so we can become our own player in what ever kind of music we encounter. Michael Bocian is a very accomplished guitarist and musician and has experienced a long and dedicated journey in the world of improvised music. We\'ve played and developed together through the years and I feel very close with him musically and personally. Michael appears on my Blue Note recording \' Viva Caruso \' and contributes beautifully on the pieces he\'s featured on. This collection of 25 Etudes which he\'s put together is a wonderful combination of expressive beautifully crafted pieces of music. They are not just exercises or a patternistic overview. This recording and book is full of passion, you will feel the dept of each piece as you listen and follow the written music. Michael plays with his own feeling and sense of time, rhythm and melody. To be expressive in this world of music we live in, that's what we all have to strive for. Explore all of the possibility\'s this collection has to offer and you will learn, have fun and make them all your own......Joe Lovano.