- Audio CD (20 Jan. 2015)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Import
- ASIN: B00B89WYB0
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 306,106 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
The Colonel & The Governor
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While they are both serious "men of letters" with Tommy Emmanuel being an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a CGP (Certified Guitar Player), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM) and the holder of an honorary masters (MA) and Martin Taylor being an M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire) and holder of two Honourary Doctorates, they honour each other affectionately with these titles, Both acoustic guitarists are leaders of music in their respective countries - Australia and the UK, Call it a British Commonwealth thing! Known for his complex finger-picking style, Tommy Emmanuel is an Australian guitarist who performs energetic concerts, and is highly regarded for the use of percussive effects on the guitar, In 2008 and 2010, Guitar Player Magazine's Readers Poll voted him Best Acoustic Guitarist, Martin Taylor is a multi-award winning guitarist and Acoustic Guitar magazine calls him, "the acoustic guitarist of his generation." He dazzles audiences with his solo shows, which combine virtuosity, emotion, humour, and a strong stage presence while his inimitable style has seen him recognised as the world's foremost exponent of solo finger style guitar playing, Taylor has invented and developed a way of playing the guitar that is admired, and often imitated, by guitarists all over the world.
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Two distinct playing styles yet complementing each other's masterful licks. From faster gypsy style tunes to melodic jazz classics. This is a must have piece of music for all jazz guitar fans. Their concert in March 2013 in Yorkshire was as masterful - having seeing them on a front row seat, their performance was captivating as much as the record. Buy it.
Being a studio album, it doesn't quite capture the atmosphere of the live performance, although you do get to hear a few laughs and verbal exchanges. However, it does present 14 great tracks played in perfect harmony with all the feeling and technical brilliance to be expected from this duo. Overall, the style leans slightly more towards Martin's jazzy material but both players exert their influence and they complement each other beautifully.
I have practically all of Tommy's recordings. This one is more like Just Between Frets, a jazz-oriented album recorded with Frank Vignola, or Happy Hour, in which Tommy duets with Jim Nichols, than other more typical Tommy albums such as The Mystery,Endless Road or Little By Little. The latter are my favourites and I would recommend anyone new to Tommy to start with them.
However, The Colonel and The Governor is a good album in its own right, full of classic songs given a fresh twist. I won't review every song but I particularly enjoyed A Smooth One, True (a lovely Martin Taylor composition), Secret Love (the old Kathy Kirby hit, on which Tommy plays a lot of great harmonics), Wonderful Baby (Don McLean's beautiful melody) and I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free (the theme tune of the BBC's Film Programme). Every track is a little gem.
Any of Tommy or Martin's fans will love this set, as will anybody who just loves great fingerstyle guitar. All in all, this is a delightful album. Go and hear them play live if you can, but do yourself a favour and get this album anyway!
I have a couple of Martin Taylor albums and all of Tommy's - if you like guitar music you can't help but like Tommy! - and also his duet album with Frank Vignola (buy that, too) and this is a standout CD. In fact this and the Frank V albums lie right at the top of the "TE" pile.
Musically, the tracks on this CD are varied: from the Caribbean flavour of "Down at Cocomo's" to the haunting "True", there's something for everyone here.
If you like guitar music and playing, just order this without delay BUT better still - also go and see Martin, Frank and especially Tommy Emmanuel next time they're touring the UK.