On his new album, 14-37, guitarist Daniel Murray presents the music that most influenced him between those ages. It contains Brazilian Music only, without any clichés, played with an impressive rhythmic surefootedness and virtuosity.
It features works by Baden Powell, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Guinga, Antônio Carlos Jobim, Paulo Bellinati, among others. And a few own compositions that give the alcum the authentic quality.
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After a quarter-century as a studio musician and producer, Alberto Lombardi has discovered his love for the acoustic guitar and has been transcribing many songs as fingerstyle arrangements.
Using country pickings, he dresses up the songs with a host of surprising harmonic phrasings and captivates the listener from the beginning to the end. His virtuosic and extremely precise technique gives these arrangements admirable lightness.
These moments are much too rare: You relax, taking a breath, look back on the past and all that happened, and what has accompanied you all your life.
With his new album, “Jukebox Dreamin'”, steelstring icon Tim Sparks has created precisely such a moment. Together with his congenial partner, double bassist James Buckley, he takes us on a wonderful musical journey down memory lane, or as Sparks puts it, a veritable road trip through an American landscape filled with lonely hearts and dusty jukeboxes, with a trunk full of songs by Paul Simon, Al Green, The Grateful Dead, or John Lennon. And it’s a CD that is not only for long drives in the car.
Vocalist Marion Lenfant-Preus and guitarist Alexander Sobocinski and their band shuttle back and forth with fascinating lightness between vocal gypsy jazz and swing, chansons and sonorities from the Balkans. On their most recent album, the Franco-American singer and the Polish gypsy guitarist present their own compositions, chanson-like songs and sensitive arrangements of well-known melodies that they weave into a very special, beguiling world of sound.