Gene Bertoncini

Art of the Duo

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This Stash CD compiles tracks from three different Gene Bertoncini-Michael Moore LPs, two released by Stash and one by Omnisound. This is the kind of compilation that drives collectors nuts because so many valuable tracks were omitted, though that doesn't mean that the selections made are in any way inferior. The guitarist plays a lyrical take of "Lush Life" unaccompanied, with the bassist joining him as he segues into "Ishfahan." Their dancing take of Horace Silver's "Strollin'" is masterful, while Bertoncini's incredible playing of Gershwin's "Second Prelude" prompted liner-note writer Gene Lees to ask if a second line was overdubbed (it wasn't). Moore's matchless arco bass is the focus of Rachmaninoff's "Vocalise." Brazilian percussionist Edison Machado is added for several of the bossa nova tracks. Unfortunately, this rewarding CD is no longer in print, due to the demise of the Stash label.

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