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Gene Bertoncini, Kenny Poole - East Meets Midwest

22-01-2016, 17:22

Title: East Meets Midwest
Year Of Release: 2007 (1998)
Label: J-Curve Records
Genre: Jazz
Quality: Mp3 / 320 kbps
Total Time: 59:56 min
Total Size: 135 MB

01. Tangerine
02. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
03. All The Things You Are
04. The Shadow Of Your Smile
05. Cherokee
06. Estaté
07. How About You
08. Sophisticated Lady
09. Snowfall
10. Willow Weep For Me
11. Woman From Bahia
12. A Sleepin' Bee

Part of the genius of many jazz performers is the ability to set up in a studio, with or without charts, name a tune, decide on a key, roll the tape machine (or boot up the computer) and record a fully unrehearsed session in one take. It preserves the immediacy of the live moment in performing. We get that from two guitarists – Gene Bertoncini and Kenny Poole – in East Meets Midwest, the debut recording for Cincinnati-based JCurve Records.

Bertoncini, a nylon-string guitarist who has performed with Tony Bennett and Lena Horne, teams with Poole on a mellow, 12-track selection of standards, joined on five of them by Bob Bodley on acoustic bass. Bodley plays so discreetly on those selections, though, you can hardly tell he's there.

Among the more outstanding moments on this recording are a spirited renditions of "Tangerine" and "The Shadow of Your Smile." Bear in mind, though, that these and the others are more than just different versions of standards. These are lively, masterful, technically flawless, and entertaining instrumentals. Perhaps the most astounding selection is the duo's brief version of Claude Thornhill's "Snowfall." Bertoncini sets the tempo with a rhythm on his guitar, faster than the song normally takes. Poole plays a brief version of the theme on top of it, then launches right into a solo. At one point, they seem to jump into different keys and rhythms that it becomes a little difficult to tell that it they are playing "Snowfall." But Poole returns to the theme to finish the rest of the selection. ~Tim Roberts

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