• Ryan Blotnick

On his second album, Everything Forgets (Songlines, 2009), guitarist Ryan Blotnick pushed away from the relative mainstream cool of his solid but unspectacular 2008 debut, Music Needs You. Supported by two very different sounding rhythm sections, he reined in his virtuosity in favor of microscopic detail in a rich variety of miniatures, diligently developing more modest ideas inside tighter strictures with a pensive, moody lyricism. On “Mansell,” backed by bassist Perry Wortman and drummer Joe Smith, he extrapolates on a simple little melody, pulling it apart harmonically like a miner sifting through dirt in search of gold. The piece doesn’t begin and end so much as it shares its thoughts.