Bruce Arnold/Mike Miller: Two Guys From South Dakota (2005)
The approach here consistently is one of soloing with chordal comping, rather than contrapuntal improvising. Each guitarist comps deftly for the other, increasing the swing by emphatic comps or walking a single-note bass line. The music generates the most momentum when one of the guitarists is walking, as on "All The Things You Are," for example. "Giant Steps," by contrast, becomes a relaxed bossa nova. "Invitation" is the most exciting track, with both Arnold and Miller playing fiery solos that explore the outer edges of the chord changes.
Two Guys From South Dakota is straight-ahead, uncluttered, and unpretentious; warm, inventive, and above all, solidly swinging.
Track Listing: Billie's Bounce, All The Things You Are, Giant Steps, Time Remembered, Invitation, Alone Together.
Personnel: Bruce Arnold, guitar; Mike Miller, guitar.
Record Label: Muse Eek