Mark Small

Joy in Every Sound

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Classical guitarists Mark Small and Robert Torres make a third outing for Shadow Mountain in this collection of classically arranged versions of popular Latter-day Saint hymns and other works. Their considerable talents shine once again, as does their arranging ability. On this outing, the duo incorporated a few unusual instruments, such as wind chimes on "There Is a Green Hill Far Away." Strings, voice, and some winds are added to "The Earth Was Once a Garden Place," while Felicia Sorensen adds her voice among the other instruments for "From All That Dwell Below the Skies." Though the lyrics are unsung, "Each Life That Touches Ours for Good" tugs at the heartstrings when one remembers its traditional use at LDS funerals. The ear plays tricks on the listener with "For the Beauty of the Earth," which sounds suspiciously like a piano and guitar trio instead of a guitar duet. Overall, good soul-soothing sound from a pair of accomplished musicians.

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