Gene Bertoncini & Roni Ben-Hur: Smile

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Smile

Artist

Gene Bertoncini (nylon-string guitar) and Roni Ben-Hur (electric hollow-body guitar)

CD

Smile (Motema Music MTM-00018)

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Musicians:

Gene Bertoncini (nylon-string guitar), Roni Ben-Hur (electric hollow-body guitar).

Composed by Charles Chaplin

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Recorded: Englewood, NJ, April 17-18, 2008

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Rating: 92/100 (learn more)

It's tough to decide which is more beautiful, the perfect contrast between Gene Bertoncini's nylon-string guitar and Roni Ben-Hur's electric, or the absolutely winning melody written by Charlie Chaplin. Picking a winner seems pointless, as art isn't a competition. Bertoncini and Ben-Hur draw just about every last bit of emotion from the tune as they trade exquisite solo/comping passages. Though the instrumentation is different, the interplay here compares favorably with one of the best jazz duo records of all time: Jim Hall/ Ron Carter's Alone Together. Highly recommended.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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