Bruce Arnold & Mike Miller: Two Guys from South Dakota (2005)
The guitar duo of Bruce Arnold and Mike Miller interprets familiar standards on this pleasant session. Musically interesting and filled with inspiration, they provide the listener with an inside look at each classic piece. Their performance is laid-back and introspective.
As they alternate melodic and rhythm roles, the two guitarists swing lightly and maintain a close-knit groove. Their lyrical caresses reveal a coolness in their passion, as each picks his instrument delicately. Crisp and clear, their interwoven phrases move casually through a gentle landscape.
The album's liner notes do not reveal which is which. One guitarist moves with a forward, vibrant force and more passion, while the other prefers a cooler, laid-back approach. Both prefer improvisation that is challenging and musically accurate. They remain positioned on the left and the right throughout their session.
Old friends from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Arnold and Miller have both moved on to successful professional careers with the guitar. This takes them on separate paths, and travel is always on the horizon. Their reunion offers the listener a relaxed outing that is both well conceived and enjoyable.
Track Listing: Billie's Bounce; All the Things You Are; Giant Steps; Time Remembered; Invitation; Alone Together
Personnel: Bruce Arnold (guitar) Mike Miller (guitar)