Larry Roy/Stefan Bauer: Summer's Embrace
Guesting on three tracks of Summer’s Embrace, Howard Levy adds a lyrical, blues-tinged dimension to remind us where the emphasis should lie in modern mainstream jazz. His harmonica sweeps the melody gently around the room, settling into a natural "world music" summation of the way things work out when we fit the pieces together properly. Paul McCandless joins the unit for three tracks: oboe coloring "Summer’s Embrace" while soprano saxophone portrays both "33 Nel" and "Some Other Time." As with the other voices, McCandless adds a sweet natural sound to the session with an obvious respect for melody. Recommended, this joint adventure blends vibes and acoustic guitar in an uplifting program with common sense and a world vision.
Track Listing: Hopolis; A Quarter to Three; 33 Nel; Falling Grace; Yakaranda; Summer
Personnel: Larry Roy- guitars; Stefan Bauer- vibraharp, marimba on "33 Nel;" Howard Levy- harmonica; Paul McCandless- soprano saxophone, oboe; Rick Lazar- percussion; Todd Isler- hadgini drums on "Dis Donc."
Record Label: Joint Adventure