|Photo: John Rogers
|Photo: John Rogers
Dig deeply into "Music for Drums and Guitar" and you will find a world of endless possibilities. As stated above, Dan Weiss and Miles Okazaki have history together so they know each other's strengths. There are no 'dead" spots in this program; instead, the music continues to move forward, slowly down now and then to contemplate textures and introspective interactions. There's much to discover!!
For more information, go to www.milesokazaki.com/. To purchase the album, CD, or digital download, go to https://mfdag.bandcamp.com/.
Here's "Part II" from each suite:
The duo of Mary Halvorson (guitar, effects) and Sylvie Courvoisier (piano) first recorded together on 2017's "Crop Circle" (Relative Pitch Records), a collection of tracks that highlighted each musicians strengths as well as how they intuitively move through both composed and improvised material. In June of this year, the duo got back together and recorded the 12 tracks that make up the two musicians second album and debut for Pyroclastic Records. "Search for the Disappeared Hour" features five pieces composed by the guitarist, four by the pianist, and three improvisations. The music draws in the listener while also challenging one's expectations.
"Searching for the Disappeared Hour" is quite an aural adventure through the creative minds of Mary Halvorson and Sylvie Courvoisier. If you are a fan of the two musicians, the music will delight and surprise you; if you are new to their explorations, keep an open mind and notice how the duo feeds off each others ideas, energy, and melodies.
To learn about the individual artists, go to www.maryhalvorson.com and to www.sylviecourvoisier.com. To purchase the album, go to https://sylviecourvoisiermaryhalvorsonpyroclastic.bandcamp.com/album/searching-for-the-disappeared-hour.
Here's the opening track:
|Photo: Steve Mullensky
"Reconvexo" is splendid from start-to-finish, sounding lovely at any time of day (early morning as the sun rises works for me) –– the duo of Anat Cohen and Marcello Gonçalves has created a delight-filled alternative to moping and negativity. One should feel cleansed after listening to this music!
For more information, go to www.anatcohen.com/index. To hear more and to purchase the album, go to https://anatcohen.bandcamp.com/album/reconvexo.
|Photo: Whitney George
Mizell switches to electric on several tracks mostly for the sustain and effects that add atmosphere and an orchestral feel to pieces such as Rauh's "A Forgiving Sort of Place" and lovely "Arolen". The sounds are not intrusive; instead they add a sense of shimmering light off a mountain lake to the songs. On he album closing "On Sundays I Walk Alone", the overdubbed electric plays both rhythm and the theme while Rauh's acoustic plays counterpoint.
"Local Folklore" is music for early in the morning and late in the evening. The melodies are soothing, the musicianship impressive, a cooperative journey into the human heart and soul. Cameron Mizell and Charlie Rauh may have had to curtail their "live" shows in the pandemic but, judging by the quality of their new album, both musicians made good use of their time.
For more information, go to www.cameronmizell.com/ and www.charlierauh.com. To purchase the album, go to https://destinyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/local-folklore.
Here's the sweet "Greenwood Waltz":