This guitar duo, which performs frequently on the European jazz scene, involves a pair of Sweden's best jazz guitarists. Ulf Wakenius can claim ownership of a prestigious throne in the international jazz guitar kingdom. Since 1997, he has been guitarist in the Oscar Peterson Quartet, which at least suggests a passing knowledge of every chord substitution known to mankind. He follows in the footsteps of such legends as Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, and Joe Pass. The other member of the Swedish Guitars Unlimited is Peter Almqvist, and while he can't boast of gigging with Oscar Peterson, he has recorded with pianist Horace Parlan which actually is preferable to many jazz fans. The group has performed for several decades, building from the initial sensational fan base that was created when the guitarists first combined forces in 1980 in their picturesque hometown on the Gota river. In the late '80s, the Swedish duo hooked up with an international collaboration that produced a fine vinyl result. Let's Vamos is a difficult to find but a worthwhile effort combining this version of Guitars Unlimited with the prolific and masterful Brazilian musical giant Sivuca and the Belgian jazz guitar and harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans.
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