by Henry Smith
Taking the standard piano trio lineup and stripping it of its drums is a potentially devastating move. Without an overt rhythmic presence, the pianist and bassist are both put on double duty, having to simultaneously retain both rhythmic and melodic interest throughout. Too often the resultant music does neither. Yet Hamburg-based bassist John Hughes and Italian pianist Alberto Braida avoid these pitfalls with ease, making Mobile an encouraging display of the potential to be found in such an instrumental pairing.read more
by Jerry D'Souza
Andy Rothstein has been playing the guitar for twenty-five years, as a sideman in rock bands and as leader of Mary's Magnet. His current perspective, however, captures a wider range as he brings in rock, country and Latin music to his beat.
Rothstein's aim is well served. His dexterity and technique on the guitar blood the tunes. He lets melodies fly out and open and when he gets into the thicker textures, he uses feedback and chunky chords ...read more