Do you have to be intimately familiar with a specific locale and its literary representations and intimates in order to appreciate music that's inextricably linked to it? Guitarist Mike Rud's Notes On Montreal raises that question, but it's a question that can never truly be answered. For it's up to each individual artist to find a way to appeal to in-the-know audiences while also catering to a broader segment of people who may know little or nothing about the place(s) and work(s) in question. Some surely fail in this mission, but Rud wouldn't know anything about that; this album is ...read more
This pair releases by Canadian plectrists covers lots of territory, both literally and figuratively. Oliver Gannon has been active on the Vancouver scene since the early 1970s, has performed throughout Europe and North America, and made three concert tours of the former USSR. His long association with the late tenor saxophonist Fraser MacPherson included a Juno Award-winning duo album in 1982. Gannon's recordings for Concord Jazz are highly regarded by fans of mainstream jazz guitar. He is among the hardest swinging straight-ahead guitarists on the planet, and can always be relied upon to play with momentum and grace.
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Canadian guitarist Mike Rud is a player of great touch and lyricism. Live From Lotusland features nine tracks recorded at CBC studios in Vancouver from 2002-04. The music within is highly melodic and inviting, featuring musicians who are clearly at ease with each other.
Ray Brown's great Blues For Junior is given a magnificent reading as a duet for bass and guitar. Russ Botten's bass lopes along amiably like an elephant trudging through the heat while Rud's guitar darts over and around it like a tireless mosquito. The effect is truly charming. Botten's solo growls and purrs with ...read more