354

Bruce Arnold & Olivier Ker Ourio: Duets

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Bruce Arnold & Olivier Ker Ourio: Duets Moody jazz and blues from the modern mainstream allow this duo to explore currents that emphasize melody and harmony over rhythm. Together, Bruce Arnold and Olivier Ker Ourio weave intricate patterns of sound on Duets that belie a melancholy refrain into which emotions fall loosely and untangled.

Their aim is perfectly clear: to paint languorous pictures where a soul can rest alongside ocean waves of sensuous music. Ker Ourio's harmonica wafts on an easygoing breeze, rising and falling with the heartbeat. His full, rich tone fills the air like clouds of sulfur. Breathing in and out naturally, he brings us a relaxed session that's filled with emotion.

Bruce Arnold provides the compositions on Duets. He favors twelve-tone ideology in pensive settings. This gives the duo a lush bed into which his guitar gracefully settles. "Spurge" and "Spurge Jam" push with a light spirit. Both pieces allow the two artists to lift the session's pace a little. The remainder of the program rests casually in a pensive mood that evokes sadness and moody reflection.

The beauty of these duets lies in the interaction between Arnold's guitar and Ker Ourio's harmonica. A cohesive and wholesome collaboration, Duets is meant to be admired from a close distance when time allows for a restful celebration of the arts.


Track Listing: Spurge; Blue Lotus; Reflection; Consistancy; Repetitive Behavior; A Day in the Badlands; Spurge Jam; Release; Blues for Arnie; Endless Reflection; A Cry.

Personnel: Bruce Arnold- guitar; Olivier Ker Ourio- harmonica.

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Muse Eek | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


Shop

CD/LP/Track Review
Read more articles
Pete Robbins Pete Robbins
sax, alto
Jeff Beck Jeff Beck
guitar
Joe Morris Joe Morris
guitar
Oz Noy Oz Noy
guitar
Dean Brown Dean Brown
guitar
Alex Machacek Alex Machacek
guitar
John Russell John Russell
guitar
Julien Kasper
guitar, electric
Eyal Maoz Eyal Maoz
guitar
Hank Garland Hank Garland
guitar

More Articles

Read Road to Forever CD/LP/Track Review Road to Forever
by Jack Bowers
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Avenida Graham CD/LP/Track Review Avenida Graham
by Edward Blanco
Published: February 27, 2017
Read TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2) CD/LP/Track Review TAI Fest #1 (Vol.1&2)
by Nicola Negri
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Goat Man & The House of the Dead CD/LP/Track Review Goat Man & The House of the Dead
by Dave Wayne
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Backlog CD/LP/Track Review Backlog
by James Nadal
Published: February 27, 2017
Read Acceptance CD/LP/Track Review Acceptance
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 26, 2017
Read "Panola County Spirit" CD/LP/Track Review Panola County Spirit
by James Nadal
Published: March 4, 2016
Read "Three Miles From Avalon" CD/LP/Track Review Three Miles From Avalon
by Doug Collette
Published: October 15, 2016
Read "Proximity" CD/LP/Track Review Proximity
by Glenn Astarita
Published: August 30, 2016
Read "Follow The Stick" CD/LP/Track Review Follow The Stick
by Budd Kopman
Published: May 18, 2016
Read "The Eastcote Studios Session" CD/LP/Track Review The Eastcote Studios Session
by John Eyles
Published: November 30, 2016
Read "Live In The South Bronx" CD/LP/Track Review Live In The South Bronx
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 31, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: Jazz Near You | GET IT  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!