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Upon A Time An Album Of Duets
George Marsh & Mel Graves John Abercrombie
Upon A Time An Album Of Duets
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Classical
 
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Upon A Time An Album Of Duets by John Abercrombie, George Marsh & Mel Graves

      
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All Artists: George Marsh & Mel Graves John Abercrombie
Title: Upon A Time An Album Of Duets
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: New Albion Records
Release Date: 11/18/2009
Genres: Alternative Rock, Jazz, Classical
Styles: Modern Postbebop, Bebop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 022551002029

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Upon A Time An Album Of Duets by John Abercrombie, George Marsh & Mel Graves

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Wonderful & sadly overlooked
Phasedin | New Jersey | 06/27/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a sucker for solo and duet albums, especially where a couple of musicians go into a studio and allow their creativity to reign. My preference is for musicians to use the studio and it's overdubbing capabilities to it's fullest extent, as opposed to just recording themselves live. You could argue that at that point it's not technically a duet recording, but the fact that all of the music comes from just 2 minds without bringing in additional musicians is what I love about recordings like this.
I agree with the previous reviewers views on this recording.
I sure wish Abercrombie would do more of these type of recordings, and I wouldn't complain if he did more specifically with George Marsh.
The notes mention that Marsh and Abercrombie have had an association for years, but I am unaware of any other recordings they ave done together and I have nearly all of Abercrombie recordings as a leader and co-leader.
Although I prefer hand percussionists to just drummers, Marsh thankfully is more well rounded than most drummers and he does play some hand percussion here along with kalimba (also called thumb piano)and it works quite well in these recordings.
I also love the concept of duets which feature percussion and bass, neither instrument perceived as being a lead instrument. So I have no complaints that besides the Abercrombie/Marsh duets there is also the duets with bassists Mel Graves. I'm not sure, but I believe that this does include the complete origial Abercrombie/Marsh album "Drum Strum" but I doubt, due to time restrictions, that it includes all of the duets with Mel Graves. If that is true I hope that the remaining tracks will be made available some day and that George Marsh records more in the future.
John Abercrombie currently has a nice new quartet with bassist Marc Johnson , violionist Mark Feldman and drummer Joey Baron. No disrespect to Baron but I feel this quality ensemble would be even better if George Marsh were the percussionist, for he brings more into the mix than most drummers who just stick to the kit and don't explore the colors available (especially in improvising ensembles)from other percussion instruments."