David Kraus on nylon string guitar with John LaRouche on chromatic harmonica & wooden flutes play original arrangements of the great jazz and latin composers from Duke Ellington, Thelonius Monk, Horace Silver, Carla Bley, Jerome Kern, Johnny Mercer, Louis Bonfi, Toots Thielman, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Chick Corea, Vinicius de Moraes, and more, through Lennon & McCartney, Roberta Flack, Stevie Wonder and beyond, in addition to their own attractive and engaging compositions. Their music sings through a rarely heard instrumental coupling infused with dynamics and sensitivity, space and energy, feeling and emotion, and an able sense of improvisational curiosity.
With decades of professional experience and drawing from a wide palette of musical forms including jazz, blues, classical, pop, folk, Eurojazz, and world idioms, the duo's creative take on the modern jazz songbook and their own ear pleasing creations can surprise and delight with unexpected tonal colors and rhythmic shifts. With a skillful use of composition and song crafting, each piece is given shape, guiding listeners onto an open sonic canvas where the artists may freely paint with shades of American, Spanish, North African, Brazilian, Middle Eastern, European, even a hint of Hindustani as they reveal their musical visions, each with its own story to tell.
David Kraus; nylon string guitar
John LaRouche: chromatic harmonica
(Note: the release date is 3/11/13 though Bandcamp shows 1992 here. I had to enter '92 to make this recording appear at the bottom instead of first.)
released January 1, 1992
Recorded live in concert at The Artistree, Woodstock, Vermont
by Mark Van Gulden
Mixed and mastered by Eric Bissett
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