Saturday, March 6, 2010

David MacKenzie And Josh Johnston - Notes Home

Partners in jazz David MacKenzie (violin) and Josh Johnston (piano) recently released a second studio album called Notes Home. It's a flavorful mix of vintage and contemporary sounds. The classic swing music of Stephan Grappelli (a jazz violinist like David MacKenzie can't avoid this comparison anyway) is their jumping off point, but they mix in elements of blues, Latin, contemporary jazz, pop, and classical styles, and the result is music with real depth.

All 13 songs are original compositions and not one is a dud. Whether straight from the Gypsy jazz playbook like “Cap Mortola,” or alluding to the songs of Robert Schumann like “Through The Night,” each tune...More

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