More Conversations in Swing Guitar

More Conversations in Swing Guitar

by Duke Robillard
     
 

Many improvisers would agree that having the feeling of the blues is a crucial part of jazz expression; however, the jazz and blues worlds don't interact nearly as often as they should. There are jazz musicians who will play Miles Davis' "All Blues" or Charlie Parker's "Parker's Mood" on a regular basis but…  See more details below

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Many improvisers would agree that having the feeling of the blues is a crucial part of jazz expression; however, the jazz and blues worlds don't interact nearly as often as they should. There are jazz musicians who will play Miles Davis' "All Blues" or Charlie Parker's "Parker's Mood" on a regular basis but wouldn't know John Lee Hooker from Little Milton; there are blues artists who are much more likely to work with a rock musician than a jazz musician. So it is a rare treat to hear a blues-oriented guitarist and a jazz-oriented guitarist co-leading a session, which is exactly what happens on More Conversations in Swing Guitar. This 2003 release is a sequel to bluesman Duke Robillard and jazzman Herb Ellis' 1999 encounter Conversations in Swing Guitar, and the CD proves that good things can happen when jazz and blues players interact. More Conversations in Swing Guitar is an album of very blues-minded instrumental jazz -- it's hardly a carbon copy of Robillard's work with the Fabulous Thunderbirds, but the bluesman has no problem appearing in a jazz-oriented setting. Despite their different backgrounds and age differences -- Robillard was born in 1948, Ellis in 1921 -- the two guitarists have no problem finding common ground, and they enjoy a strong rapport on three Robillard originals ("Blues for Terry," "End of Session Jump," and "Train to Texas") as well as Benny Moten's "Moten Swing" and Sir Charles Thompson's "Robbin's Nest." Few surprises occur, but the guitarists always sound inspired and enthusiastic on this solid, if somewhat predictable, outing.

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Billboard
They come off as marvelously simpatico players on this collection of chestnuts and originals.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/08/2003
Label:
Stony Plain Music
UPC:
0772532129220
catalogNumber:
1292
Rank:
166154

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