Judi Silvano & Bruce Arnold challenging intuitive jazz guitar vocal duo Judi Silvano & Bruce Arnold – LISTEN TO THIS: There’s one cardinal rule you must not forget, whether you’re a listener, or a listener who also reviews… be SURE you don’t allow any preconceptions to get in the way of your listening progress… I’ve reviewed Judi’s excellent vocal work many times in the past (most recently in issue # 157), and Bruce’s guitar work is quite simply the stuff of legend around my review studio… (issue # 54)… if you check out the samples in those two issues, you’ll realize that what they are doing together is (significantly) different from exploratory works like the oddly titled “Cats Are Watching“… must have been some of those “psychedelic felines“, aye? The effects working together with Judi’s scat just WAKE your spirit UP… just LOVED this tune! To give you an idea of just how well they work together, here’s a clip (from a different set, not this album) that shows them creating jointly (whupps, Freudian slip, I guess, ha! ha)…
They move back to somewhat more familiar territory on “Complete Embrace“, but with neat and crispy little “bells” and superb synth sounds that compliment Judi’s silky smooth vocal very nicely… of course, the tune clocks in at a full 9:35, so that gives them more than enough room to explore each others’ creative genius… a relatively simple tune that will transport you (by the end-note) to symphonic (and hallucinatory) bliss!
The title track, “Listen To This“, is short (2:43), but there’s no doubt you’ll be flashing back to territory you thought you’d long left behind… if you’re like me, you’ll be hitting the replay button often on this one.
It is the (almost) “spoken-word” cut, “Journey To Be Free“, that (easily) gets my vote for personal favorite of the dozen sonic adventures offered up, though… hearing the transition from “out there” to “completely clear” on this tune will restore your faith in the real, and help you realize that “different” is often “better”. I give this totally-talented duo a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99 for this superbly performed set of adventurous music. Get more information on Bruce’s Muse-eek page for the release. Rotcod Zzaj
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