John Stowell and Ulf Bandgren

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Jazz Society of Oregon

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Portland guitarist Stowell always has chosen a very unique path. From his physical embrace of the guitar to the preference for an unplugged instrument, to the very music he's been playing for many years now, Stowell is an original. One could almost suggest that if it sings deliciously and delicately, it's likely to be Stowell. He's done prior recordings for Origin, but this is the first time he's teamed up in a duo setting with Swedish guitarist Bandgren. Talk about two peas in a pod: Stowell and Bandgren share a similar concept regarding the important sound they are putting into the atmosphere. They have developed this musical kinship as a result of honing their duo skills in concert settings in Europe and the States. On this recording, the two present nine original compositions. Some are complex, challenging and highly interactive. Others are lilting and lyrical. Also included here is a Tommy Flanagan piece, "Freight Train," absolutely brand new to me. As the title suggests, it's a rollicking wonder. Quite a pair these two. If you're curious about guitar music which takes a detour from the norm, check em out!






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