On Tuesday May 14, world-renowned Australian fingerstyle phenomenon Tommy Emmanuel and Britain's jazz icon Martin Taylor release their highly anticipated duets CD, titled "The Colonel & The Governor," on Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings.
This CD re-creates jazz classics from masters such as Django Reinhardt, Karl Krass, and Eddie Lang. Standards like Jersey Bounce, The Nearness of You, and Lullaby of Birdland are presented inarrangements that allow both guitar masters to, as Emmanuel says, "fly their own our kites." And Fly they do on this recording where the camaraderie is undeniable and the level of playing is light-years beyond impressive. Both Emmanuel and Taylor also contributed original compositions to the project.
"It was a fun and challenging record to make. It's honest and in-your-face playing. Martin swings like a member of the Basie Big Band and phrases like a pioneer of jazz," says Emmanuel.
Taylor and Emmanuel and had an instant chemistry. "Martin and I go back to the early 90s when I first saw him on TV in Australia. I was so amazed by his playing, I rang the TV station and they gave me his hotel details," recalls Tommy. "I immediately rang him and invited him to play with me at a beautiful theatre in Sydney.
I have learned so much from Martin, as he comes from a jazz background and I come from a country and rock background. We both have a strong love of melody and arrangements that allow our playing to interweave effortlessly. Sometimes it feels like time stands still when we are playing together. Martin once introduced me on stage as 'the abominable showman' - I have always called him The Governor."
For this release, Taylor played his signature Maestro jazz guitar, while Emmanuel played his 1930 Martin 017 Mahogany guitar, his Godin 5th Avenue guitar and his Maton custom EGB808 guitar.
Both Emmanuel and Taylor are "men of letters". Tommy Emmanuel is an honorary Kentucky Colonel, a CGP (Certified Guitar Player), an Order of Australia Medalist (AM) and the holder of an honorary Masters Degree (MA). Martin Taylor is a M.B.E. (Member of the British Empire) and holder of two Honorary Doctorate degrees.
I Won't Last A Day Without You
A Smooth One
Lullaby of Birdland
The Nearness of You
Down at Cocomos
The Fair Haired Child
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
The album was recorded and produced by Kim Person.
Tommy Emmanuel Spring/Summer 2013 Tour Dates:
Tue May 21 13 Nashville, TN 3rd & Lindsley
Wed May 22 13 Toronto, ON CA Toronto Centre for the Arts
Fri May 24 13 Moncton, NB CA The Capitol Theatre
Sat May 25 13 Halifax, NS CA Dalhousie Arts Centre
Mon May 27 13 Fredericton, NB CA Fredericton Playhouse
Wed May 29 13 Portland, ME State Theatre
Sat Jun 01 13 Pomeroy, OH Fur Peace Ranch
Sun Jun 02 13 Pomeroy, OH Fur Peace Ranch
Thu Jun 06 13 Norfolk, VA Harrison Opera House
Fri Jun 07 13 Durham, NC US The Carolina Theatre of Durham
Fri Jun 14 13 Charleston, SC Charleston Music Hall
Sat Jun 15 13 Roanoke, VA Shaftman Perf. Hall at the Jefferson Centre
Sun Jun 16 13 Alexandria, VA The Birchmere
Wed Jun 19 13 Norfolk, CT Infinity Hall
Thu Jun 20 13 Boston, MA The Wilbur Theatre
Fri Jun 21 13 Burlington, VT Flynn Performing Arts Centre
Sat Jun 22 13 Hartford, CT Bushnell Centre Belding Theatre
Sun Jun 23 13 Westhampton Beach, NY Westhampton Beach Perf. Arts Centre
Thu Jun 27 13 Phoenixville, PA Colonial Theater
Fri Jun 28 13 Phoenixville, PA Colonial Theater
Sat Jun 29 13 New York City, NY B.B. King Blues Club
For further tour-date information go to www.tommyemmanuel.com/tours