Who would imagine that the duo of a trumpet and a guitar could make satisfying jazz? Well, listen to this duo of Bob Arthurs, trumpet and vocals, and Steve Lamattina, guitar and put doubt aside. The duo here made this CD as a gift for Svetlana, a close friend of theirs who happened to love their jazz. It became so popular with her and with other who heard it that the CD is now released commercially.
Both musicians are superb and their performances here are first class. Bob Arthurs varies on the songs between singing with his trumpet and singing with his voice and he is exceptional in both modes. Lamattina is solid throughout and could easily be considered the soloist in the passages where he is bare. This is unexpectedly fine music in a gentle but highly sophisticated sound and style. The tracks are as follows:
How Deep Is the Ocean All of Me Birk's Works I Thought About You Night in Tunisia Lonnie's Blues Stellar Probe Melancholy Serenade Sweet Georgia Brown
The music is technically perfect, but more importantly, it is from the heart - warmly lyrical, like a birthday gift! Grady Harp, November 12