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by Acoustic Alchemy
     
 

The British guitar duo celebrates two full decades of smooth jazz perfection with a collection that eliminates some of the production razzmatazz of recent efforts and gets back to the magical interplay of nylon- and steel-string guitars. Greg Carmichael can't be faulted for taking the sound in different directions when he tapped the Stax and soul-influenced Miles…  See more details below

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The British guitar duo celebrates two full decades of smooth jazz perfection with a collection that eliminates some of the production razzmatazz of recent efforts and gets back to the magical interplay of nylon- and steel-string guitars. Greg Carmichael can't be faulted for taking the sound in different directions when he tapped the Stax and soul-influenced Miles Gilderdale to take over for his late partner (and group founder), Nick Webb. And those busier ventures were definitely a blast. Yet it's good to get back to basics, where snappy melodies and unique rhythmic variations are front and center. The journey across the pond promised by the album title begins with the laid-back, easy-grooving "The Crossing," but then becomes more adventurous with the Craig David-flavored U.K. club vibe of "Say Yeah" and a more than subtle nod to the disco fun of "So Kylie" Minogue. The classic Carmichael-Webb days featured a handful of organic, simply arranged reggae-flavored cuts, and this vibe is brought to glorious life on "Trinity." Gilderdale's soul influences creep back on the swinging "The Detroit Shuffle," but again, it's all about the strings and groove. Longtime fans will also appreciate the sweetness of "Cherry Hill," while "She Speaks American English" explores a Steely Dan retro pop-soul energy. And it's heartwarming to see that Carmichael hasn't lost his sense of titular humor on jazzier tunes like "The 14 Carrot Cafe," named for a Seattle eatery. And the wild, rollicking closer, "The Moon and the Sun," ensures that while Acoustic Alchemy has scaled back the intensity somewhat, the duo is still as playful as ever.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Higher Octave
UPC:
0724357975520
catalogNumber:
79755

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Acoustic Alchemy   Primary Artist
Greg Carmichael   Guitar,Fuzz Guitar,Guitar (Nylon String)
Patrick Clahar   Tenor Saxophone
Snake Davis   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Eddie M.   Saxophone,Background Vocals
John Goldsby   Double Bass
Greg Grainger   Drums,Vocals,Background Vocals
Kevin Robinson   Trumpet
Bert Smaak   Drums
Anthony White   Keyboards
Mike Herting   Keyboards
Julie Dennis   Vocals
Neil Cowley   Keyboards
Brandon Reilly   Background Vocals
Frank Felix   Bass Guitar
Jamie Norton   Keyboards
Miles Gilderdale   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Richard Bull   Programming,Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Greg Carmichael   Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Klaus Genuit   Programming,Engineer
Jonathan LeSane   Engineer
Jamie Norton   Composer
Miles Gilderdale   Composer,Producer,Liner Notes,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Janny Choi   Engineer

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American/English 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great background music for reading or relaxing. My favorite track is #11 "The Moon and the Sun". All of the tracks are very good and unlike many other albums, there is not one song on this album that I dislike. At first you may find the melodies a bit simple, but repeat listening reveals the subtle melodic complexities and excellent arrangements. Probably my favorite A.A. album so far.