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Trumpeter Kris Tiner and guitarist Mike Baggetta interpret this set of original compositions with an ear toward meaningful conversation and an eye on balance. Baggetta's light, acoustic guitar spits and spurts with understated emotion, while Tiner's horns express a wide range of feelings. Their musical conversation heats up in places and slows to a crawl elsewhere as the two artists labor to get their intended message just right. Thus, the session lacks spontaneity and relies instead on repetition, sustained space, and gradual changes.
From high harmonics and bowed phrases on guitar to the unusual sound of a saxoflugel, the duo's performance offers new and different timbres. The best parts of the the program come when Tiner and Baggetta allow a few melodies to flow naturally. "WE" consists of a little classical guitar harmony along with solo trumpet melodies. "I" adds a solemn oath to the session. "One More Chance" features muted trumpet and acoustic guitar in a classical music frenzy.
At other times, the two musicians may sound as if they're tuning up or practicing. Nevertheless, they've allowed free choices to affect the outcome, and they grab hold of their music with an unbridled spirit.
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Track Listing: The Road to El Paso; Second Preference; A Delicate Touch; Your Aftermath; Quadrants: WE; ITS; IT; I; Caffeinated Weasels; One More Chance; Choke On It; There, Just as You Look For It.
Personnel: Kris Tiner: trumpet, flugelhorn, piccolo trumpet, saxoflugel; Mike Baggetta: prepared acoustic guitar.
I love jazz because it’s what sounds
I was first exposed to jazz in my
parents household and in school
I appreciate many styles of jazz
and shy away from really outside
stuff. I enjoy relating to the
One of the best shows I ever
attended was 1975 Chick Corea’s
Return To Forever tour at an
intimate venue in downtown
The first jazz record I bought was
Herbie Hancock’s Chameleon.
My advice to new listeners is try
several styles before you decide
what jazz is all about!
Listen to music daily and stay open