Charlie Rauh and Cameron Mizell combine the immediacy of folk music with the unique twists of jazz. Their guitar playing is nuanced, making the most out of every detail of their performances. Rauh and Mizell both have a knack for focusing on the small things, making each moment special. However, they can also work on the bigger picture. As a result, What We Have In Common is an album which feels understated and direct.
It is not an easy task to make an album feel enjoyable and smooth from start to finish. However, what's really special about it is that each track holds a different quirk. This record is fueled by different influences and, as a result, the listening experience is kaleidoscopic and one-of-a-kind. The melodic layers combine with the rhythmic elements in the compositions, making for a unique, passionate vibe and timeless grooves. It's easy to fall in love with the simplicity of some of the tracks. Sometimes less is indeed more. One of the best things about Rauh and Mizell's guitar playing is the fact that the musicians actually have so much talent, yet they know how to play in a constrained way if the song calls for it. Sometimes, there is room for a mind-boggling phrase, but often there is no need to dazzle the audience with technique. It's really all about creating the right feel.
The beautiful quality of the recording complements the performances. As collaborators, Rauh and Mizell are incredibly tight and diverse, and their organic feel comes through because the recording process has embraced the natural dynamics of the musicians, rather than trying to overly polish them. This is a musical adventure that's exciting, but also sophisticated and classy.
A Thousand Faces; Dogwood; Kuksa; A Song About A Tree; All Along The Way; New England Plains Drifter; You Are Missing From Me; Tomorrow Will Worry About Itself; You Are Missing From Me; A Thousand Faces.
Charlie Rauh: acoustic guitar; Cameron Mizell: electric guitar; Ess See: vocals.
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