Back on the Case, Acoustic Alchemy

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Condition: Like New
Album Features
UPC: 011105964821
Artist: Acoustic Alchemy
Format: CD
Release Year: 1991
Record Label: GRP (USA)
Genre: Jazz Instrument, Smooth

Track Listing
1. The Alchemist
2. Jamaica Heartbeat
3. Georgia Peach
4. Playing for Time
5. When the Lights Go Out
6. Clear Air for Miles
7. Fire of the Heart
8. Freeze Frame
9. On the Case
10. Break for the Border

Playing Time: 48 min.
Producer: Greg Carmichael, Nick Webb, Klaus Genuit
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Recording Type: Studio
Recording Mode: Stereo

Album Notes
Personnel: Mario Argandona (vocals, hand claps, percussion); Nick Webb (guitar, electric guitar, steel guitar); Greg Carmichael (guitar, steel guitar); Little Terry Dee (harmonica); Randy Brecker (trumpet, flugelhorn); Terry Disley (keyboards, synthesizer); Dan Tomlinson (drums, cymbals).Recording information: Hansa-Haus Studios, Bonn-Beuel, Germany.Photographer: Craig Oddy.The challenge for any smooth jazz artist over time is appeasing longtime fans with certain stylistic similarities, yet searching for ways to keep things unique and distinctive with each successive album. Guitarists Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael (the principals in Acoustic Alchemy) kept the reference point of their steel and nylon string chemistry intact while always venturing the new agey jazz trappings they became accustomed to. Their fifth album features sojourns into reggae, flamenco, blues, country-rock, samba, and jazz improvisation, adding up to their most styistically diverse outing up till that time. While never straying too far from the basically mellow and melodic strains that have attracted a sizeable following, Webb and Carmichael show more of their influences than ever before; Webb wrote the bluesy and romantic "When the Lights Go Out" and Carmichael's love for Spanish sounds shines through the spirited runs of "Fire of the Heart," which is better than most anything Ottmar Liebert has done in that area. "Playing for Time," with its wild drum fills and sense of boppish adventure, hints at the traditional side of jazz. The other remarkable aspect of this disc is the duo's use of outside instruments to complement their string alchemy. Randy Brecker's horns spice up the Latin gigs, but the real marvels belong to keyboardist Terry Disley, whose masterful acoustic and electronic segments lend the collection an amazing added energy. ~ Jonathan Widran

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