Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon | 2@1

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by Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon

Guy Strazz (electro-acoustic classical, steel and East-West guitars); Matt McMahon (piano). 2@1 received an AIR nomination for best jazz release in 2008 in Australia. Mostly original works where jazz meets India Brazil and West Africa.
Genre: Jazz: Modern Creative Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Silk Road
Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon
5:54 $1.20
2. Odysseus
Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon (Composer)
5:15 $1.20
3. Zawi (Ode to Joe Zawinul)
Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon
4:25 $1.20
4. Late Night
Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon (Composer)
3:53 $1.20
5. Steps
Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon
4:07 $1.20
6. Tarde
Matt McMahon
4:24 $1.20
7. African Dream (Ode to Ali Farka Toure)
Guy Strazz
4:31 $1.20
8. Night Spinner
Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon
5:08 $1.20
9. Sixths
Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon (Composer)
3:16 $1.20
10. Improvisation
Guy Strazz and Matt McMahon
1:51 $1.20
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Album Notes
2@1 in Review, 4 stars
“The recording quality of local albums continues to surge. You’d swear Guy Strazz was with you in the room playing the opening notes of this radiant album on his nylon and steel string guitars.That illusion is sustained when he is joined by pianist Matt McMahon, a regular in Strazz’s fluid bands for the past decade, Thereafter these two - amongst the most lyrical players in the land – concentrate on the unadorned beauty of melody. Most of the repertoire is self-penned, ranging happily across the frontier where jazz greets influences from India, Brazil (including an exquisitesolo piano reading of Milton Nascimento’s Tarde) and West Africa (including a solo guitar ode to Ali Farka Toure). There are tingling trademark Strazz unison runs on Silk Road and a typically limpid McMahon melody on Odysseus. It is easy for piano and guitar to trip over each other harmonically, but these two sing from the same hymn book”.
John Shand SMH, September 20-21 2008

2@1 Birdland/Creative Vibes, 3.5 Stars

“It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen a recording of piano and guitar duo by Australian jazz performers, especially such talented players as Sydney pianist Matt McMahon and guitarist Guy Strazz. Eight of the ten tracks on 2@1 are originals, and from the CD opening notes on Silk Road, it is obvious that the style and genre have been sidelined in favour of musical interaction and influences as diverse as Africa, India, Brazil and the Middle East. Most passages adopt a neo-classical approach, enhanced by Strazz’s use of nylon strings and McMahon fugue-like piano.
One of the numerous beautiful themes is Zawi, an ode to pianist Jo Zawinul [by Strazz] , where a flowing, unobtrusive melody achieves a carefully cultivated sense of peaceful relaxation. A blusey out of tempo Late Night employe ideas from the jazz canon yet maintains the album’s characteristically delicate and rarified atmosphere”.
Joh McBeath, The Australian 2008.



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