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Vinicius Cantuária and Bill Frisell, Ronnie Scott's | reviews, news & interviews

Vinicius Cantuária and Bill Frisell, Ronnie Scott's

Vinicius Cantuária and Bill Frisell, Ronnie Scott's

Star jazz collaborators demonstrate why understatement works best

A beautifully detailed collaboration: Bill Frisell and Vinicius Cantuária

McCartney and Wonder. Jagger and Bowie. Mullard and Baker. Music history teaches us that the star collaboration doesn't always transmute into artistic gold. The Chairman of the Board himself, with a little help from Vandross, Streisand, Bono et al, had a spectacular misfire with Duets Vol 1. Mercilessly butchering many of Francis Albert's best-known songs, the results, artistically speaking, aren't so much a case of, “Yeah, I once recorded with Sinatra, you know,” as, “Number of copies: entire stock. Ship to: my private nuclear bunker.” And that title, Duets, is a bit rich. But then Frank Records His Bit, Then the Star Records Their Bit, Then We Splice it All Together Vol 1 probably wouldn't have fit on the CD case.

These two consummate guitarists showed just what can be achieved when musicians listen intently to one another

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