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Acoustic Café

by Lorraine Rousseau & Robert Carlton

Sit back and relax.you've arrived at the Acoustic Café. Enjoy the soothing melodic sound of Flute and Guitar performed by Lorraine Rousseau & Robert Carlton featuring all original compositions with their acoustic ensemble.
Genre: Easy Listening: Instrumental Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Path We Walk
3:29 $0.99
2. In a Dream
3:10 $0.99
3. Bittersweet Joy
4:14 $0.99
4. Memories of May
4:05 $0.99
5. River Run
4:05 $0.99
6. Garden Gate
3:18 $0.99
7. Sands of Time
3:44 $0.99
8. Nature's Way
3:53 $0.99
9. This November
4:12 $0.99
10. By My Side
3:32 $0.99
11. After Hours
4:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
For Lorraine Rousseau & Robert Carlton, music has always been a way of life. As husband and wife, they have devoted their lives to composing, performing and recording original instrumental music that is uniquely their own. From their classically trained backgrounds, Rousseau & Carlton create music that showcases the melodic artistry of Lorraine on flute and Robert on guitar accompanied by their world-class acoustic ensemble. Rousseau & Carlton blend classical, smooth jazz, new age, folk and pop influences to create a unique musical style.

Lorraine Rousseau & Robert Carlton have created four critically acclaimed instrumental CDs: It's a Mystery, A Christmas Wish, Acoustic Café and Visionary World. Receiving extensive radio airplay across North America and Europe, Rousseau & Carlton have struck a chord with listeners by creating timeless, lyrical melodies.

In the fall of 2003, Rousseau & Carlton and their artist-owned label, Arrow Records, signed a licensing deal with North Star Records, (Rhode Island, U.S.A) for their CDs - Acoustic Café and A Christmas Wish with Acoustic Café launching North Star Records new series - Melodic Moods.

Maintaining an active touring schedule, Rousseau & Carlton have built a large fan base that is continuing to grow across North America and beyond.



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The Instrumental Weekly

Highly polished, wonderfully refined, simply fantastic
Canada has yet another reason to be proud of its ever growing talent pool of musicians, as Lorraine Rousseau and Robert Carlton have put together with Acoustic Café. Released in 2001, this album is one of the friendliest and accessible I've come across in the last few months. With an emphasis on flute and guitar, acoustic fans are in for a wonderful surprise with this recording.

"The Path We Walk" starts off with a simple but memorable melody featuring flute and guitar, and eventually blends in some light synth work. The sheer beauty of this piece is testament to the highly refined skills that Rousseau and Carlton bring to the table. "Memories of May" brings a more upbeat acoustic approach, with nary a trace of anything remotely electronic. The result is a highly polished, wonderfully refined cut that really shines.

"Garden Gate" again brings out a lovely melody as does "Nature's Way". I particularly like the way the percussion and guitar work together on "Nature's Way", and the flute work is simply fantastic. "This November" brings to mind the late fall, with a more jazz-based presentation. "By My Side" has some of the finest guitar work to be found on Acoustic Café, and will definitely keep your attention. Vocal-like synth really makes this track a standout. "After Hours" closes the album with a somewhat poignant and somber sound, and makes for a satisfying finish to an excellent acoustic experience.

Lorraine Rousseau and Robert Carlton are certainly a bright spot in acoustic circles, and I am confident we'll be seeing more of their rich sound down the road. If you need an acoustic fix, Acoustic Café is the place you've been looking for...stop by and hang out

Marc Ruby

a sound and style of it's own.
Nancy Rumbel and Eric Tingstad have dominated the light jazz market for so long that they have become a permanent fixture in the listener's mind. So much so that it must be a daunting vista for another 'couple' to look for success in the same arena. This is something of a tragedy for the listener, for while Eric and Nancy are wonderful musicians, there comes a moment when you have listened to them once too many times. For the benefit of all, there is a gap in this type of musical endeavor that needs filling.

Into this gap step Lorraine Rousseau (flute) and Robert Carlton (guitar) a young couple with admirable talent, who have surrounded themselves with an equally talented ensemble. I won't make the inevitable comparisons. This is not Tingstad and Rumble revisited, but a sound and style of it's own. The sound is very much a light, jazzy approach with, thanks to the presence of Scott Alexander (bass) and Brian Leonard (percussion), a nice rhythmic quality that impels the music without overwhelming the listener.

The theme of the album is a poem by Rousseau and Carlton from which the titles of the eleven cuts have been drawn. Lest you think this means that the album is full of saccharine compositions, let me assure you that this is not music for gushing. The musicians combine to produce a very professional effect which strikes a good balance between minimalism and affectation. The result is an extremely interesting and listenable album.

If you've been looking for something 'else' to listen to, give this a try. I think you will be pleased.