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Rick Hannah / Erwin Siffer: 2-Man Jazz Band

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Piano and guitar is a relatively rare combination for a number of reasons including overlapping ranges and having the similar timbre of percussive string. Yes, players of both instruments spend a lot of time perfecting a singing or legato sound, but in the end they are what they are. Instead of fighting it, with 2-Man Jazz Band, guitarist Rick Hannah and pianist Erwin Siffer have put together eleven arrangements that revel in their instrument's sound and the myriad ...

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Album Review

Rick Hannah: Handful Of Strings

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The guitar is a deceptively simple instrument to play, as any teenager who learns the basic strumming chords, and then tries to go beyond that, in any style, will tell you. It hints at being self-contained, that the player can accompany himself. Contrapuntally however, the piano, which allows two independent hands, dwarfs the guitar, even in the realm of the Classical guitar. In jazz, the guitar has played the varied roles of being part of the rhythm section ...


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