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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
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: 3/29/2005
  • Label: Higher Octave
  • UPC: 724357975520
  • Catalog Number: 79755
  • Sales rank: 15,134

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Crossing (4:42)
  2. 2 Say Yeah (3:39)
  3. 3 So Kylie (4:22)
  4. 4 Trinity (4:41)
  5. 5 The Detroit Shuffle (4:29)
  6. 6 Cherry Hill (3:27)
  7. 7 She Speaks American\English (4:44)
  8. 8 Lilac Lane (4:49)
  9. 9 The 14 Carrot Café (4:09)
  10. 10 Get Up (Levantar y Bailar) (3:57)
  11. 11 The Moon and the Sun (5:39)
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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, 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
Trevor Sadler Mastering
Jamie Norton Composer
Miles Gilderdale Composer, Producer, Liner Notes, Horn Arrangements, Audio Production
Janny Choi Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Very Nice!

    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.

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