Robin Nolan & Friends: Once In A While


Once In A While


Robin Nolan (guitar)


Organized Crime (Robin Nolan Music RNM3)

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Robin Nolan (guitar),

Jesse Van Ruller, Kevin Nolan (guitars), Simon Planting (bass)


Composed by Michael Edwards & Bud Green


Recorded: Amsterdam, 2008


Rating: 95/100 (learn more)

The greatest musicians in the world all have one thing in common: the ability to expose their heart and soul through their playing. Few jazz guitarists do this better than Robin Nolan. Renowned and respected for his contribution to the Gypsy jazz revival, he was also a favorite musician and frequent guest of the late George Harrison, and has earned the admiration of an eclectic group of notables from Bill Wyman to Willie Nelson. Robin has never limited himself to any one style; but whatever he chooses to play, the warmth and depth of his passion are clear.

On the 1937 standard "Once in a While," Robin shares solo time with Jesse Van Ruller, swingin' all the way. While guitar duets can frequently degenerate into duels, chops blazing at high noon, there's none of that nonsense here. With mutual respect and admiration, the two trade solos with judicious phrasing and impeccable taste. Nolan's bluesy, confident lines, seasoned with the occasional Django quote, are perfectly balanced by Van Ruller's enticing bebop palate. Bassist Simon Planting digs in with characteristic finesse, supported by the gentle pulse of rhythm guitarist Kevin Nolan. Through it all, you can't help but feel the love.

Reviewer: Bill Barnes

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