Doug Switzer and Howard Slavin | Bop, Blues and Bossa

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Bop, Blues and Bossa

by Doug Switzer and Howard Slavin

A jazz guitar duet in the tradition of the masters, yet updated by modern sensibilites and influences. Styles include bebop and latin.
Genre: Jazz: Bebop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Like Someone in Love
4:14 album only
2. Have You Met Miss Jones
4:28 album only
3. On Green Dolphin Street
5:01 album only
4. A Night In Tunisia
5:38 album only
5. Afternoon In Paris
4:47 album only
6. Blue Bossa
4:51 album only
7. In A Sentimental Mood
4:49 album only
8. Line For Lyons
4:49 album only
9. I've Got The World On A String
4:22 album only
10. Yardbird Suite
4:55 album only
11. Wave
6:48 album only


Album Notes
One of the fundamental attributes of the art form of jazz is that the future and the past is encompassed in the same vision. We look to the great players of the past for inspiration, and to the music that they played for our foundation. This CD is our homage to these great jazz standards. Each generation of players brings their own musical and cultural sensibilities to the bandstand. We hope to convey the continuing vitality of the music as it is tempered by our experiences.

In this CD we've tried to capture the feeling of our live performance. Most of the recording was done in one take, with a minimum of studio enhancements. Our goal was to create intimate portraits of the music we love, and believe this to be the essense of jazz.

The duo offers a format for the musician that is unique in music. It gives the player a level of freedom that is not possible in larger groups and provides the backing that is missing in solo performance. It opens the music up and provides room for interaction and a dialog that at times can be astonishing to both the player and the listener.

In his review of this CD, renowned guitarist Dale Bruning writes:

"Howard and Doug's treatment of these wonderful jazz standards is their own, but the significant influence of performer's who've preceded them is nicely evident throughout ... Howard and Doug have different styles that commendably compliment one another. It is difficult to sustain musical interest over an entire CD with just two guitars, but these two men acquit themselves admirably. The results are most appealing ... Congratulations, Howard and Doug."



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C. Cary

Good listening - great tunes, well played
You can listen to this CD on many different levels. It is great background and cocktail music. If you pay attention to the playing, however, you'll hear what good musicians these guys are. They listen to each other and play with great sensitivity. It's smooth, but not "smooth jazz". I recommend it!.

J.Vissac, France

Really cool and neat, highly recommended
It's a very special CD for those who love guitar. Just 2 guitarists of both precise and flowing virtuosity, and really well tuned together. The overall effect is of well-rounded, smooth music, and in the details there are many lively moments of delight in the solos. Very well done!