Matthew Brubeck

Giraffes in a Hurry

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Giraffes in a Hurry Review

by Ken Dryden

Cellist Matthew Brubeck and guitarist David Widelock join forces to create compelling modern music in these mostly duo sessions. Cello has not been utilized that much in a small group setting and rarely in a duo, but Brubeck's warm arco technique is the perfect foil for Widelock's inventive acoustic guitar. Widelock did most of the writing for this session, including the haunting "Almost April" and the light-hearted "Giraffes in a Hurry." Brubeck contributed the understated but percolating "Dobrounik." Bassist Aladár Pege is an added guest on two selections, a humorous romp through Thelonious Monk' "Hackensack" and the guitarist's funky "The Jolly Blue Giant." Even though the instrumentation is very different, fans of the Turtle Island String Quartet will connect with the music of the Matthew Brubeck-David Widelock Duo.

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