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A Bridge Between

by Carbe and Durand

Guitarists Liza Carbe and Jean-Pierre Durand take listeners on an intimate acoustic guitar journey with their 2nd solo CD, "A Bridge Between", featuring original compositions as well as selected covers from their live repertoire.
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1. A Bridge Between
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2. Time After Time
4:33 $0.99
3. Scarborough Fair
5:10 $0.99
4. A Thought for You (For Larry)
4:02 $0.99
5. Classical Gas
3:13 $0.99
6. Paint It Black
1:56 $0.99
7. Blackbird
3:19 $0.99
8. Isn't She Lovely
3:19 $0.99
9. Wichita Lineman
3:21 $0.99
10. Mountain Song
3:25 $0.99
11. Everybody Wants to Rule the World
3:33 $0.99
12. Fragile
5:51 $0.99
13. Crazy Train
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Album Notes
Guitarists Liza Carbe and Jean-Pierre Durand take listeners on an intimate journey with their 2nd solo CD, "A Bridge Between". Featuring a selection of originals as well as covers that have comprised the duo's concert set, this new CD is a stripped-down, two-guitar affair recorded live in the studio.

The tunes, honed by several years of shows in the United States and China, cover a range of styles unified by the fiery guitar interplay of both guitarists. Carbe's classical and fingerstyle chops provide the foundation for Durand's blues-inflected flights of fancy, resulting in an album that is at once intimate and soothing, as well as daring and intricate. Fans of the "world guitar" group INCENDIO (of which Carbe and Durand are co-founders, along with Jim Stubblefield) will enjoy the pure sound of two beautifully-recorded guitars playing together on these classics, as well as some brand new original songs. This CD was recorded over a week in early fall of 2016 (then put aside briefly while Incendio's "O Night Divine" Christmas CD was mixed and released) then ultimately mixed in January 2016.



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Carbe and Durand are simply excellent guitarists. Their duo album, A BRIDGE BETWEEN, is a real treat. The music is just two acoustic guitars, nothing else, and it features exquisite picking and playing. But what makes the album even more delectable are the tunes -- ten melodies from classic pop and rock tunes from the past half-century plus three originals.

These two musicians also play in the popular recording and touring world-music group Incendio with Jim Stubblefield. But additionally Liza Carbe has played with the all-female Platinum-selling rock group Vixen, former Santana singer Leon Patillo, and Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsay Buckingham. Meanwhile, JP Durand has had his own rock bands Pretzel Logic and Book of Storms.

On their duet recording, Carbe and Durand do their own unique two-guitar-only instrumental arrangements of classic pop and rock songs from the Sixties, Seventies and Eighties. Whether the listener knows the original versions or not does not matter, because these are great melodies that translate wonderfully to acoustic guitar. For example, this duo does extraordinary versions of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time,” The Rolling Stones’ “Paint It Black,” Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Town,” “Blackbird” (from The Beatles’ catalog), “Wichita Lineman” (a hit for Glen Campbell), “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” (a big chart-maker by Tears For Fears) and “Fragile” (a Sting tune). Completely enjoyable for listeners of all ages.

Michael Diamond

Review excerpt from Music and Media Focus
On the new album by the acoustic guitar duo of Liza Carbe and JP Durand entitled “A Bridge Between,” 10 of the 13 songs are well-known folk, pop, and classic rock tunes from the 60’s to the 80’s. The artists they cover range from Simon and Garfunkel to Ozzy Osbourne, just to give an idea of the diversity. And the wildly eclectic nature of their song choices made this one of the most fun recordings I’ve had the pleasure to listen to in a while.

The first of the cover songs is “Time After Time,” by Cyndi Lauper. It was an interesting adjustment, not only to hearing a well-known vocal tune being played instrumentally, but also in the more minimalist format of two acoustic guitars. But I really enjoyed it and found that here, and on many of the songs, this stripped down version revealed aspects of the song’s composition and structure that I may not have been aware of while listening to the original and focusing more on the lyrics. It’s hard not to feel nostalgic hearing a song like Simon and Garfunkel’s “Scarborough Fair.” But one thing I particularly liked about Liza and JP’s version is that, while the song is clearly identifiable, they do take some liberties, putting their own spin on it and jamming out a bit.

Their Spanish-flavored take on The Rolling Stones “Paint It Black,” is as unique as it is incendiary. Be sure to fasten your seat belts before listening to this one! After a beautiful version of The Beatles, “Blackbird,” we go from sweet to swinging as the duo offer a jazzy version of Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely.” One of my favorite arrangements on the album was on “Fragile” by Sting. The song starts off expressing the delicate nature of the theme, and then in a middle section, picks up the tempo into a spirited upbeat groove with a bit of Spanish flair. But the song I was the most interested in hearing was the final one, an acoustic guitar version of “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne. I wondered how that would work, considering the song’s heavy metal roots but Carbe and Durand’s version of totally knocked my socks off.

It certainly was a trip down memory lane hearing all these classic songs and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every unique rendition, as well as the 3 original songs by this immensely talented duo. One thing I particularly liked throughout the album was hearing JP play a familiar melody line and then add his own flavor to it with a little riff here and a little improv there. As a guitarist myself I was often blown away by his stunning technique and passion on the fretboard, as I was with Liza’s masterful rhythm playing and her ability to go from one style to another with such virtuosity in each. Very impressive! JP and Liza are both consummate musicians in their own right and provide a perfect balance for each other, making this recording such a stellar listening experience. I absolutely love this album and give it my highest recommendation. If there were such a category, I would definitely nominate “A Bridge Between” for “Feel-good Album of the Year.”

To read a full-length feature article on this album, as well as others, please visit: MichaelDiamondMusic.com

Candice Michelle

Review from Journeyscapes Radio
Liza Carbe and JP Durand are perhaps best known as two of the co-founders (along with Jim Stubblefield) of the world-guitar band Incendio. On the duo’s album “A Bridge Between”, Carbe and Durand offer up three original compositions plus ten cover songs of stylistically varied pop and rock classics that span several decades, rendering them entirely as solo acoustic guitar pieces.

The album opens with the title track “A Bridge Between”, an original composition that strums along melodically in a joyful tone. This breezy and carefree tune is evocative of driving through the countryside in the open air with its overall Americana feel. The duo’s acoustic rendition of “Scarborough Fair”, a traditional English ballad made famous by Simon and Garfunkel, is one of my favorite pieces on the album which works particularly well here. Carbe and Durand have preserved the hazy mystique of the original composition while adding an extra dose of passion employed by lovely chord progressions and unique twists on the melody. “A Thought for You” is both the fourth track on the album as well as the second original composition that seems to take the listener back on the road with its forward movement and outdoorsy appeal. One piece I found rather surprising as having been quite effectively interpreted on acoustic guitar is the Stevie Wonder hit, “Isn’t She Lovely”. Here the duo jazzes up the composition with a sophisticated allure that would deem it fitting for dancing under the moonlight to. “Mountain Song” is another one of the album’s three original compositions that bears an undercurrent of folk-rock and moves along at a melodic pace. Along with “Scarborough Fair”, the pair’s rendition of the Sting classic “Fragile” left me with the greatest impression of all. This song similarly works especially well as a solo acoustic piece, with its nocturnal romance and Mediterranean flair that would seem a fitting accompaniment for an evening at a quaint café. Lastly, the pair’s rendition of Ozzy Osourne’s “Crazy Train” makes for both an interesting album closer and follow-up to the former elegant composition, as the recognizably classic-rock tune jams along boldly and straightforwardly.

Other covers of classic hits featured on “A Bridge Between” include songs like Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time”, The Beatles’ “Blackbird” and Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, which variably work to greater or lesser degrees as solo acoustic renditions. Enjoyably diverse and overall compelling, fans of any number of the original compositions along with aficionados of acoustic guitar will likely appreciate the duo’s interpretations of some of their favorite songs, or perhaps savor a few of these classics in a whole new light.