Sunday, May 3, 2009

Karate - Andrew Pendlebury & Doug de Vries

What a fabulous Cd this is, a little latin, a little jazz
a little bit of everything. Truly this would convert
any disbeliever that Andrew Pendlebury is
a national treasure.

Take two top Melbourne guitarists, with backgrounds
in jazz
de Vries and rock Pendlebury, let them loose
on an intriguing
array of acoustic standards and
originals from Brazill to
New Orleans and Nashville
or as far afield as Soweto
and the streets of Forbes.
Although each has played on the other's solo records
and they perform together regularly around town,

this is the first duo recording and it's a beauty.
Backing is by Denis Close on Brazilian hand percussion,

bassist Steve Hadley and drummer Peter Jones.
You will recognise tracks such as the quirky
on the Yarra which featured on the
Moon Over Melbourne
collection, Pendlebury's
Catalina or de Vries's Homestead
and After The
Carousel from their respective solo albums.

The elegant Egberto Gismonti title number contrasts
the breakneck Western swing of Stratosphere
Boogie by
Jimmy Bryant - a favourite of Pendlebury's -
and they
swing to a more refined soul jazz metre in
Oliver Nelson's
Hoe-Down trading sneaky licks until
de Vries switches to a
down-home banjo.
Among other impressive tracks a spirited arrangement
the New Orleans Mardi Gras classic Big Chief
(no doubt inspired by the Neville Brothers great
rendition), the steady rolling blues of You
Gotta Move,
a languorous rendition of k d lang's
Tears of Love's Recall
and a superb de Vries original
called Winnie based on
South Africa's infectious
township jive.'

Mike Daly

The Melbourne Age

Download Here


exilestreet said...

Bob/ sorry I have been pretty crook the last few apologies for not getting back to you. Will FB tomorrow OK...and got an idea re: Pendlebury!

John said...

Heck Bob. I know so little of Pendlebury I feel guilty. I am going to have to give this a serious listen.

bob nebe said...

You can Fb me anytime Mona,
John I'm glad to introduce you to this great man

John said...

This is a good album Bob. Cheers.