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by Michael P. Gladstone
Here's another new offering for afficianados of jazz guitar duos! Veteran Canadian jazzmen Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon team up for eight duets, ably assisted by bassist Darren Radtke and drummer Dave Robbins, for this live recording at the Cellar Jazz Club in Vancouver.
In the liner notes, label honcho Cory Weeks finds a unique way for the listener to differentiate between the two guitar stylists, and it seems to work. In the setting of this album, he describes Bill ...read more
by Budd Kopman
Hearing jazz live is arguably the best way to experience it. Barring that, a live recording, done well, can be a reasonable substitute. A live show that has that magic, that it," is a rare thing, and a good recording of one of those is even rarer. That's What is most definitely in that category, and a case could easily be made that it compares well with Smokin' at the Half Note (Verve, 1965) with Wes Montgomery and Wynton Kelly. ...read more