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Michle Ramo & Mundell Lowe: I Didn't Know About You

Jim Santella By

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Lyrical stuff happens when you find two veteran artists such as Mick and Mundy together as a guitar duo. They know intuitively what to say with their instruments.

The guitar has provided a similar framework for melodic excursion over many centuries. As Mick Ramo and Mundy Lowe blend their distinctive timbres together for a satisfying session of familiar standards, the melody is never far from their fingertips. Both artists prefer a kinder, gentler approach that entices. They both take great satisfaction in exploring familiar melodies and improvising on a theme.

"Satin Doll" swings passionately, "When Sunny Gets Blue" saunters gaily through casual surroundings, and "Moonglow" calls out with a sensuous cry. With each interpretation, Ramo and Lowe share the grace of a beautiful melody and explore its possibilities for embellishment.

"Manha de Carnaval" sizzles with passion. From the left and from the right, you can feel Lowe and Ramo giving it a convincing treatment. This timeless theme provides an opportunity for soulful outpouring. Lowe offers cool tones in a clear environment. His crystal clear articulation makes the song float gently around your shoulders.

"There's a Small Hotel" swings lightly, with a graceful air, as Ramo gives it a bubbly redress. His seamless phrases carry the tune fluidly with emphasis toward the lyrical nature of the piece. You'd think that the words were jumping up alongside the duo's performance, as their guitars express these ideas convincingly.

Vocalist Heidi Hepler, Ramos' wife, joins the duo for "Sicily," a beautiful original that recalls the couple's impressions of this Mediterranean land. As with the duo's earlier themes, this one provides soothing melodies that float gently around the room.

Ramos uses an eight-string model that allows him to add depth to the program. Together, he and Lowe provide a loving caress to this program of familiar songs. Their timeless interpretation brings a smile to the face of audiences everywhere.

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Track Listing: I Didnt Know About You; When Sunny Gets Blue; Satin Doll; Moonglow; Manha de Carnaval; There's a Small Hotel; Sicily.

Personnel: Michle Ramo, Mundell Lowe- guitar; Heidi Hepler- vocal on "Sicily."

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Moonboat Records | Style: Straight-ahead/Mainstream


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