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Earl Klugh/Earl Klugh Trio: Sounds and Visions, Vol. 2

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (5/93, p.40) - 3 Stars - Good - "...Klugh has a knack for plugging into a listening mass not necessarily grounded in jazz...when he does handle what has become a jazz standard, the lightly swinging energy of the trio and the orchestral sprinkles give it a new twist..."

Album Notes

The Earl Klugh Trio: Earl Klugh (guitar), Ralphe Armstrong (bass), Gene Dunlap (drums).

Additional personnel: The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Don Sebesky.

Recorded at Studio A, Dearborn Heights, Michigan and Abbey Road Studios, London, England.

Although this CD gives the Earl Klugh Trio first billing, the guitarist's group is joined by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, a large string orchestra arranged by Don Sebesky. Except for the brief intros and interludes, the music is comprised of themes from movies. With Sebesky contributing arrangements that are sometimes saccharine, the program does sound like film music. Klugh has always had a pretty sound and that is very much in evidence, but he rarely ventures away from the melodies. Fans of the guitarist's usual recordings will consider this set a nice change of pace. Listeners who wish that Earl Klugh would sometimes stretch himself and take some chances will be disappointed with this pleasant middle-of-the-road effort. ~ Scott Yanow


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