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.
June 18, 2008 · 0 commentsTags: once in a while
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