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Kreisberg Meets Veras: Kreisberg Meets Veras

If I was to tell you that Kreisberg Meets Veras is a guitar instrumental album then you might quite fairly presume that it is a blistering shred-fest of notes and solos… and it is. And yet it really isn’t. In fact this fiery fret pair never even plug their axes in, or at least never hit a distortion pedal. Instead serving up exclusively acoustic/clean fare as Jonathan Kreisberg bends his wooden bodied beast to his will, while Nelson Veras teases his nylon string guitar into all manner of twists and turns.

Three Kreisberg compositions get us underway, “Lina Rising” gentle yet insistent; the pair ebbing and flowing opposite and between one another as the pace rises and recedes without once losing the innate natural flow at this album’s heart. Towards the song’s end an acoustic-shred comes to the fore, but melody and poise is always key. Just as it is on “Until You Know” which adds a jazzy edge to a darting, diving excursion, before the much more ethereal “Every Person Is A Story” makes way for a succession of cover versions in the most enigmatic style. More from Mr Kreisberg’s muse would have been most welcome.

That’s not to say that the bright chime of Thelonoius Monk’s “Bye-Ya” isn’t masterfully laid out, with the interplay between the two fret-masters remaining clever and sharp, while the different make up of the guitars on show never allows the contributions to blend completely; instead offering up a real call and response that keeps you tuned in. The Milton Nascimento written “Milagre Dos Peixes” offers a more obvious melody line to sink your teeth into, just as the Charlie Mingus penned “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” drips with considered and cared for notes.

“Windows” opens a world onto the precise, linear outlook of Chick Corea but there’s a wistfulness also brought gently into play and in a way that across this lengthier piece really calms and beguiles. However, there’s also enough life to get the foot tapping in appreciation. Leaving “Face On The Barroom Floor” to reveal a similar lilt, although one that is a little more forceful in execution.

Often presented in a cohesive, similar style, there is also a lot of variety throughout this interesting and insightful match up between two clearly talented guitar masters. It also poses the listener many questions as the journey unfolds and while the interpretations are left entirely up to you, if you listen in close it also reveals a number of answers.

Track Listing
1.Lina Rising
2.Until You Know
3.Every Person Is A Story
5.Milagre Dos Peixes
6.Goodbye Pork Pie Hat
8. Face On the Barroom Floor

Added: December 2nd 2018
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Jonathan Kreisberg online
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Language: english

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