Judy Handler & Mark Levesque | Two Guitars Live!

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Two Guitars Live!

by Judy Handler & Mark Levesque

This live acoustic recording is a unique collage of passionate, energetic guitar music blending Brazilian, classical guitar, swing and gypsy influences.
Genre: Jazz: Traditional Jazz Combo
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1. Brasileirinho
3:10 album only
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2. Bei Mir Bist Du Schon
3:22 album only
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3. El Choclo
5:46 album only
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4. Besame Mucho
6:57 album only
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5. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
5:21 album only
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6. Malaguena
4:54 album only
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7. Pedacinhos Do Ceu
4:17 album only
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8. Noites Cariocas
4:55 album only
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9. Two Guitars
5:22 album only
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10. Summertime
6:59 album only
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11. Milonga
4:02 album only
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12. For Sephora
4:15 album only
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13. Honeysuckle Rose
4:39 album only
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14. Tico Tico
2:43 album only
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15. The Girl From Ipanema
4:08 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"It’s a perfect musical marriage. A rich, zesty guitar gumbo, Handler & Levesque crackle with tasty elements of classical, swing, Gypsy, Brazilian and a dizzying array of world-music flavorings."
Owen McNally, music critic
Hartford Courant, Feature Story

“Judy and Mark are extraordinary professionals who exude energy and musical passion on their releases, as well as their live performances… Separately they are exciting musicians; together they are a powerful force of sound, showmanship, and music.” -- Edward F. Nesta, Publisher, Luxury Experience Magazine

Husband and wife duo, Handler and Levesque blend Brazilian, Latin American, swing, gypsy, classical and folk music influences to create their unique arrangements. Audiences respond with great enthusiasm to their extraordinary sound and the uplifting spirit of their music. They have performed over 1,000 concerts together throughout the Northeast and Midwest.

Recent concert venues include:
International Festival of Arts and Ideas (New Haven, CT)
Byron Colby Barn (IL)
Music Mountain (Falls Village, CT)
Roger Williams University (Bristol, RI)
University of Connecticut (West Hartford, CT)
The Quechee Club (VT)
Bushnell Autorino Great Hall (Hartford, CT)
Mystic Arts Café (Mystic, CT)
Bean Blossom Music Series (IN)
Chateaugay Lakes Arts Association (Chateaugay, NY)
Hudson River Museum (Yonkers, NY)
The Jewish Museum (NY)
The Brooklyn Museum of Art (NY)
Queens Public Library (NY)
Troy Music Hall (Troy, NY)
Perishable Theatre (Providence, RI)

Handler & Levesque are on the roster of artists for Cantaloupe Music Productions in New York City, New England Foundation for the Arts, the Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism, and the Connecticut Library Consortium.

Handler & Levesque have recorded & released 3 CDs including their new CD "Passion". Their second CD is an exhilarating live concert with bass & drums called "Two Guitars Live!" that was chosen by the Greater Hartford Arts Council as a premiere gift to donors to their 2006 campaign. Their 2001 release, "Acoustic Blend" received international and critical acclaim. "Acoustic Blend" & "Two Guitars Live!" received glowing reviews from Just Jazz Guitar, Mandolin Quarterly, Luxury Experience, and www.minor7th.com. Their CDs have been sold in dozens of countries throughout the world. Handler & Levesque are also featured on 5 compilation CDs of New England guitarists, a holiday CD - "Sugar Tree Carol" by Gayla D. Matos as well as an international virtual CD, "Prelude".

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Linda Binder


Great CD! This is in a "frequent play" rotation in my CD player. There isn't a bad tune in the lot --a very appealing selection of music.. The playing is wonderful and it has that live performance energy to it. I plan to buy copies as gifts for friends.
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Courtney Morrow

2 Guitars Live
I really enjoyed it -- like seeing them in concert, only you can hear the songs over and over again. I will see them again. There's a 3rd CD coming out in August 2008.
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Fred Seet

Masterful renditions, such a pleasure to listen to!
The mastery of each instrument involved in the production of each track in this album makes listening rewarding and pleasurable. The synergy and understanding between the musicians comes through, treating the listener to relaxing yet engaging music. Music that you can enjoy, both to brighten your day when you are alone or as easy-listening when entertaining friends.
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Alan

A good follow up to the previous cd
I bought this cd because I'd got Acoustic Blend. Its a little better in the choice of tunes and having a live feel to it.
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Ronald


If you heard their 'Acoustic Blend' cd, this is just as good, but live. If you like guitars without fuzz boxes and electronic distortion don't miss this one.
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dee

Extremely good guitar work
I was browsing through the bargain basement, expectations on lull, when I stumbled across this cd. In Ireland we have a band with a sound like this, called Gabriela y Rodrigo, who have gone from indie/argentinian classicists to expensive ticket only eventeers. Mark and Judy have this sound, but not the extravangence that accompanies it. Their first song is determined to get you wiggly whether you are checking your bank balance on line or waiting for the shower to be free (it's christmas, the house is full, people go out alot) the other songs offer a refuge from your day, or top up your exurberance, a necessity at this time of year. I availed of the cheapo 3 for €5 each deal and this is my favourite. Obviously, being able to listen to them first helps but i have a feeling that I'll be a return client. The speedy delivery certainly vouched well but even if it had taken over the 2 or so days to arrive ( ridiculously fast in internet cross world times) the music is just so ambient, so powerful and skillfully executed that all would be forgotten. Good for rekindling relationships, I'd expect.
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AZJOHN

Tuica!!!!
This group is great. I have not heard renditions of the tunes they play in years. My fave is Track 9-Two Guitars. Tuica. The only other recording I have of this tune is a '78 rpm vinyl recorded by the Kelly H.S. Orchestra in the '40's. I recommend it!!!
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