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Back To Back

by Brendan Power & PT Gazell

American master of the half-valved diatonic, PT Gazell and New Zealand chromatic harmonica wizard Brendan Power, pay homage to the swinging sounds of Django Reinhardt, Benny Goodman, Ben Webster and so much more. Way different. Way Cool.
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1. Till Tom Special
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2. Better Go
5:25 $0.99
3. Windy & Warm
3:04 $0.99
4. What A Wonderful World
4:59 $0.99
5. Fat Boy Rag
2:35 $0.99
6. Dill Pickle Rag
3:36 $0.99
7. Back To Back
4:24 $0.99
8. Broadway
3:33 $0.99
9. Swing 42
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10. When I Fall In Love
5:11 $0.99
11. Honeysuckle Rose
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Nashville, TN, USA/Canterbury, Kent, UK – Miss Max Records (USA) and Tethnik Records (UK) proudly announce the simultaneous release of “Back To Back”, featuring New Zealand Harmonica luminary Brendan Power, and American Harmonica wizard, PT Gazell. The CD is being released exactly one year after a chance meeting at a festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at which the two played together for the first time. These two international stars bonded over their love of classic swing music and mutual admiration for one another’s work. After playing what turned into a magical version of “Honeysuckle Rose” at a jam session, the idea for the recording of “Back to Back” was born.

One of the most unique aspects of this recording is that although the basic tracks were laid down in Nashville, TN, much of the recording was done long distance. UK-based Powers and US-based Gazell sent tracks back and forth using the internet and communicated via SKYPE all during the process and throughout the final mixes. Thanks to SKYPE “I felt as if I was in the studio with PT and Dave Sinko, our brilliant engineer,” stated chromatic harmonica virtuoso Brendan Power commenting on the internet’s importance to the project.

The disc is filled with classic reinterpretations that evoke the swinging sounds of Benny Goodman, Django Reinhart, Ben Webster and many more… There are two solo pieces by each artist and seven duets. Together, and separately, these two masters have created a unique and brilliant collection of instrumental feats of wonder.

Veteran diatonic harmonica ace PT Gazell, whose last effort, “Swingin’ Easy – Hittin’ Hard” was greeted with much success and critical acclaim, said that although the recording method was “unconventional”, the sessions “proved to be some of the coolest I’ve been involved with in years.”

Both PT Gazell and Brendan Power have busy schedules that will see them traversing the globe, together and separately. They will be playing at the SPAH Festival in St. Louis in August, and then PT heads to China to play at the Asian Pacific Harmonica Festival in Hangzhou City and to Shanghai for some club gigs. Powers travels back to Europe and to gigs in France after their get together in St. Louis.

Both players are extremely exited and pleased to see the release of their combined efforts and are looking forward to unleashing their new sounds live at the Festival in St. Louis. The unlikely pairing of these two harmonica greats – one a UK-based New Zealander and the other a Wisconsin-native now based in Tennessee – has allowed for a truly unique, exciting and one of a kind special event, “Back To Back.”

2008 marks a milestone for PT Gazell & Brendan Power, as their highly anticipated duet CD “BACK TO BACK” hits the stands. This collection of jazz and swing standards from MissMax & Tethnik Records is certain to make fans and industry folks alike sit up and take notice. American master of the half-valved diatonic, PT Gazell and New Zealand chromatic harmonica wizard Brendan Power, pay homage to the swinging sounds of Django Reinhardt, Benny Goodman, Ben Webster and so much more… Their masterful renditions of these classics are stunning and fresh.
“BACK TO BACK”…Way different… Way cool!

\"Here lies a fabulous collection of melodic jewels brought to you by two of the world\'s most respected and highly unique harmonica stylists.\"

-Joe Filisko

\"PT Gazell and Brendan Power, two unique harmonica masters,
dazzle their way through a great collection of swing jazz and ballads.
Everyone needs to hear this brilliant CD. \"

-Jelly Roll Johnson

I\'m listening to the \"Back To Back\" CD and man oh man it really wails. I love it. Great choice of tunes all played superbly.

-Charlie Musselwhite

I want to add a rave review for what I know will be a well recieved new CD.
I was lucky enough to receive an advance copy of P.T. & Brendan\'s new CD &
I\'ve been digging it... esp. the unreal channeling of Stephan Grapelli in
Brendan\'s chromatic work on the first tune, Till Tom Special.. P.T. has the
valved diatonic thing down pat with great intonation, tone, & killer
vibrato.... as always.
Most people don\'t know how versatile our instrument is, & it is wonderful
to hear these masters so professionally apply it to these great swinging
tunes - each in their own way.

-Rosco Selly

The more I listen to \"When I Fall in Love,\" the more I really think that your solo is among the best ever played.... anywhere!

-Dale Spalding



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Slim Heilpern

Absolutely terrific! Great selection of hard driving swing tunes and the dueling harmonicas blend beautifully throughout the recording. Brendan's swinging vibrato and PT's mellow tone are just an incredible combination. The band, especially Andy Reiss' guitar work, really adds to the overall beauty of this album.

Jelly Roll Johnson

Buy This CD!
PT Gazell and Brendan Power have produced a masterful work. Two great musicians expressing themselves on harmonica in a groundbreaking fashion.From fiery swing tunes to heartbreaking ballads, it\'s all here.
As a harmonica player, I can appreciate the phenomenal playing. However, knowledge of harmonica playing is not required to be blown away by this CD. It\'s just great music!