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Format: CD
Sku: 210000026
UPC: 181212000184
UPC 14: 00181212000184
Release Date: 11/25/2008
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Killing Me Softly ~ Gene Bertoncini
2. I Concentrate On You ~ Gene Bertoncini
3. Smile ~ Gene Bertoncini
4. That's Earl, Brother ~ Gene Bertoncini
5. You Are a Story ~ Gene Bertoncini
6. Anna's Dance ~ Gene Bertoncini
7. Out Of This World ~ Gene Bertoncini
8. Besame Mucho ~ Gene Bertoncini
9. Sofia's Butterfly ~ Gene Bertoncini
10. Killing Me Softly ~ Gene Bertoncini

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Gene Bertoncini (acoustic guitar, nylon-string guitar); Roni Ben-Hur (acoustic guitar, electric guitar).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Daegal Bennett; Daegal Bennett.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Jana Herzen.
Muze PNote Recording information: Bennett Studios, Englewood, NJ.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Gene Bertoncini; Roni Ben-Hur.
Muze PNote Guitar players from two generations in jazz always seem to find common ground, no matter their styles or orientation. Old guard nylon-string acoustic master Gene Bertoncini meets electric guitarist Roni Ben-Hur in this series of duets without a rhythm section to play standards and four new compositions, all performed in the spirit of their mutual friend, veteran bassist Earl May, who passed away in 2007 prior to these sessions. Where the romantic, spare, classically derived strains of Bertoncini's sound is completely trustworthy beyond any in jazz history, Ben-Hur is a formidable younger lion who sounds like a second coming of Kenny Burrell. Their shared responsibilities have them trading lead melody lines, with Bertoncini more on the chordal side, while Ben-Hur prefers a linear approach, but that is not set in stone. Bertoncini's two waltz originals include the thoughtful "You Are a Story" and endearing "Set Blue," based on the changes of the immortal Toots Thielemans evergreen "Bluesette." The pair of contributions from Ben-Hur includes "Anna's Dance," a romance wafting on water wings song, while "Sofia's Butterfly" also soars and sings on spontaneous gusts of melody, sometimes using rare unison phrases. Usually the guitarists are separated by melodic and rhythmic stances, in light bossa nova moods during the venerable passionate standards "I Concentrate on You" and "Besame Mucho," lightly swinging on the down-up-down, serene and stoic take of "Out of This World," or introspective on a chamber version of Roberta Flack's "Killing Me Softly." Charlie Chaplin's delicate "Smile" and the lithe, upbeat bop number "That's Earl, Brother" (originally dedicated to columnist Earl Wilson), are both performed with Earl May in mind, for his persona and his personality respectively. As much as this is a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing album from these two excellent guitarists, there's an additional reason to purchase it. Proceeds from its sale go to the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund at Englewood Hospital in Englewood, NJ, which provides medical care to jazz musicians, and houses the area in the main lobby dubbed the Earl May Corner, where live performances are held regularly. ~ Michael G. Nastos

Producer: Gene Bertoncini; Gene Bertoncini; Roni Ben-Hur

Engineer: Daegal Bennett

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations All Time Greatest Jazz Ballads

Associated Artists and Works

Elf, Mark
Whigham, Jiggs
Wolfe, Tom (Jazz)

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2008
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2008
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : MTM-00018
Music Label Name Label : Mot?ma Music
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00181212000184

Professional Reviews

JazzTimes (p.70)
- "[A] warm and delightfully woven collection of duets....The album's title track, a performance inspired by May's beaming countenance, is typical of the ballads, tenderly suited to the duo's keen sense of lyricism and dynamics."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Bertoncini,Gene
Product attributeLabel:   Motema Music
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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