Carbe, Durand and Jim Stubblefield are co-
The album opens with the joyous title track "A Bridge Between." The duo demonstrates the perfect timing and coordination of a long-
This is a fantastic, low-
This CD passed my "play in the car" test with flying colors. I was enchanted by the songs chosen and the sheer delight the guitarists take in presenting them. It's a wonderful album for relaxing and cruising down the road.
Los Angeles based guitar duo Liza Carbe and Jean-
Carbe and Durand are part of Jim Stubblefield's band Incendio and similar to Stubblefield's last solo album they make instrumental music, in their case pure acoustic.
Liza Carbe and JP Durand are perhaps best known as two of the co-
The album opens with the title track "A Bridge Between", an original composition that strums along melodically in a joyful tone. This breezy and carefree tune is evocative of driving through the countryside in the open air with its overall Americana feel. The duo's acoustic rendition of "Scarborough Fair", a traditional English ballad made famous by Simon and Garfunkel, is one of my favorite pieces on the album which works particularly well here. Carbe and Durand have preserved the hazy mystique of the original composition while adding an extra dose of passion employed by lovely chord progressions and unique twists on the melody. "A Thought for You" is both the fourth track on the album as well as the second original composition that seems to take the listener back on the road with its forward movement and outdoorsy appeal. One piece I found rather surprising as having been quite effectively interpreted on acoustic guitar is the Stevie Wonder hit, "Isn't She Lovely". Here the duo jazzes up the composition with a sophisticated allure that would deem it fitting for dancing under the moonlight to. "Mountain Song" is another one of the album's three original compositions that bears an undercurrent of folk-
Other covers of classic hits featured on "A Bridge Between" include songs like Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time", The Beatles' "Blackbird" and Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World", which variably work to greater or lesser degrees as solo acoustic renditions. Enjoyably diverse and overall compelling, fans of any number of the original compositions along with aficionados of acoustic guitar will likely appreciate the duo's interpretations of some of their favorite songs, or perhaps savor a few of these classics in a whole new light. ~Candice Michelle
The couple, Liza Carbe and JP Durand, are two guitarists who have explored the musical worlds of classical and blues for more than 20 years. Together with Jim Stubblefield (who has been discussed here) they are part of the group Incendio. Since 2000 they have been playing live, and their compositions were played on TV and in movies. However, for their duo project Liza puts aside her bass and takes up her first love, the acoustic guitar. She has played guitar since she was eight, and played in the rock band Vixen, and also next to former Santana vocalist Leon Patillo. In 1993 she met JP, and played with his Steely Dan cover band Pretzel Logic. Shortly after they married. JP comes from the world of rock and blues. He is of Peruvian descent, but grew up in LA. On their new album they bring both traditional songs and new compositions. So you get a lot of covers such as Cyndi Lauper's "Time After Time", Simon & Garfunkel's "Scarborough Fair," The Rolling Stones' "Paint It Black", The Beatles' "Blackbird", Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely," Glen Campbell's "Wichita Lineman," Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants To Rule the World", Sting's "Fragile" and Ozzy Osbourne's "Crazy Town." This is an album that will surely delight the acoustic guitar lovers!
There is an excellent new album, A BRIDGE BETWEEN, by the acoustic guitar duo Carbe and Durand. The music is very enjoyable because they do their own instrumental arrangements of classic pop and rock songs. And they do it all with just two acoustic guitars (no other instruments to distract from the picking). For example, this duo does wonderful versions of "Isn't She Lovely" (originally by Stevie Wonder), "Wichita Lineman" (one of many Sixties hits for Glen Campbell), "Everybody Wants To Rule The World" (the one that put Tears For Fears on the map) and a solo tune by Sting called "Fragile." Liza Carbe and JP Durand also wrote three originals for the album and those sound just as good as the oldies. This is wonderful music, perfect for all age groups.
Carbe and Durand is an acoustic-
For the past 20 years these two guitarists, Liza Carbe and JP Durand, have built musical bridges between numerous genres that range from classical guitar to blues, from pop music to rock'n'roll, from world-
Carbe and Durand are best-
But in between Indendio recording sessions and tours, Carbe and Durand have also pursued a separate career. As composers, they have made a name for themselves in Hollywood by writing music heard in an astounding variety of television shows and feature films, from the blockbuster comedy movie "Bridesmaids" to TV programs such as "Law and Order" and "Burn Notice" among countless others. In addition, as a duo with usually just the two of them playing acoustic guitars, Carbe and Durand have performed many concerts. Audiences enthralled with the duo's performances have repeatedly asked if the music that was being played could be purchased. With this impetus, Carbe and Durand decided to make a live-
A Bridge Between is available as a CD or as digital downloads from a variety of online sales sites such as CDbaby, Amazon, iTunes, eMusic and many others. More information about the group and their music is available at their website carbeanddurand.com. Internationally if their music is not easily available in your territory, contact their website about purchasing.
Carbe and Durand have created amazing acoustic-
Several of the cover tunes were specifically written for acoustic guitar, but Carbe and Durand take the recognizable melodies off into new places with their two-
The duo show their versatility by including Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely" (Carbe: "We love the way this swings, and the groove."), the Jimmy Webb-
But in addition to all of the classic melodies that have become standards in our culture, Carbe and Durand show why their own music is so often used for Hollywood soundtracks. They open the album with an original, the title tune, which, Carbe says, "took us both to a peaceful place," or, as Durand puts it, "like a big comfy chair because the music is both wistful and comforting." Another original, "A Thought For You," is a bittersweet creation because it serves as a tribute to a departed friend, guitarist Larry Weber, who played with Carbe in a band called Red Van Go. They borrowed Weber's Lowden guitar to play on the track to help capture his spirit. Their third composition on the album is "Mountain Song," the first piece of music they ever wrote together from 20 years ago. "Some music just has to wait for its moment to be recorded," says Carbe. These originals were recorded on steel-
Liza Carbe (pronounced lee'-
Durand comes from the world of rock and the blues. Raised in West Los Angeles, he embraced both rawness of punk rock as well as rocking guitarists such as Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Johnson. However, Durand is also of Peruvian descent, so part of his upbringing included listening to artists such as Trio Los Panchos, Los Morochucos and even Julio Iglesias. Durand got his degree in economics from UC Berkeley before working in the music industry at MCA Records, and later at Spanish-
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If something feels familiar about this guitar duo it might be because they are 2/3s of the guitar group Incendio. Hitting that inevitable point where they want to do some things that don't fit into the guitar group's format, the married pair of axe players veer off onto a side road to make a personal album that's loaded with cover tunes they easily make their own. With a thriving career in Hollywood studio to feed their other creative outlets, they play music that doesn't come from passion driven by hunger but a base of appreciation that their �day job' gives them the freedom to follow their muses. An album of lovely playing the casual listener could mistake for a gift shop album, this duo imbues the set with so much more. The casual listener can enjoy it on its face but the acoustic guitar fan will know this is a slice of nirvana powered by some serious chops. Killer stuff throughout.
With resumes that include writing for numerous films and TV shows as well as founding the instrumental world fusion band Incendio, Liza Carbe and J.P. Durand have something of a Midas touch when it comes to the fretboard. Their new CD, A Bridge Between, is no exception. In an effort to record some of the pieces that make their live shows so breathtaking, Care & Durand present two original composition and an impressive variety covers ranging from Mason Williams' "Classical Gas" to Ozzy Osborne's' "Crazy Train." The overall focus is sonic pleasure, but the skill and artistry of these guitarists simply oozes through each performance. Whether it is the brilliant arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "Isn't She Lovely, the up-
The duo Carbe and Durand make music that is just plain fun to listen to. You should check out their debut album, A BRIDGE BETWEEN. They are both acoustic guitar players, and that is all the music is, just two acoustic guitarists. But what a sound!
They do their own acoustic instrumental versions of a whole bunch of rock'n'roll classics, guaranteed to get every listener to tap their feet. Check out the uptempo version of The Rolling Stones' PAINT IT BLACK, the mellow swing of the Cyndi Lauper classic TIME AFTER TIME, or their acoustic rocking take on the Ozzy Osbourne tune CRAZY TOWN. Also included are three Carbe and Durand originals.
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Being a bit of an Incendio fan, it's a great pleasure to be asked to review this album, Carbe and Durand are part of that amazing band of musicians along with Jim Stubblefield, but here as a couple and as artists, we are blessed with an album of some of the smoothest tunes your ever likely to hear.
The opener is the title track, I love it when an artist does that, it shows real intent. A Bridge Between is like floating back to a long lost summer day, travelling down country roads and on your head phones is a song like this. There is simply nothing you can dislike about it, its showers you with happiness and sunlight all the way.
This whole album is like coming home for both Chrissie and I, as most of the songs are on our set that we sing during the summer tourist season, yes even the last one. Time After Time, was originally released by Cindy Lauper back in 1983, this rendition has a beautiful clarity to it and even brings this sad song a happy vibrant feel.
However the biggest round of applause from both of us is for Scarborough Fair, and released in 1968 by Simon and Garfunkel. What dear reader you will not expect is the extended arrangement, giving us a totally amazing extra two minutes. The performance at times almost edges into light progressive rock, the performance on guitar is sublime, and the entire song is now an opus of sheer gifted genius and my favourite track off the release.
There are a few of their own compositions on the album too, like this one called A Thought for You (For Larry). Carbe and Durand give a tip of the hat to an old friend on this piece, it's light, respectful and a song packed with the energy of the memories of that moment, they even used the actual guitar of Carbe's former band member (Larry Weber) to add a little spirit to the occasion and have done him proud in the process.
We now go back to another global hit of 1968, a tune that has been used on many TV shows worldwide, Classical Gas, originally released by Michael Mason. Our wonderfully talented musical duo, create a fantastic version of this brilliant song, it has great pace and still retains that awe inspiring energy of the original composition.
From 68, we go further back to 66 and we visit a song that Mick and the boys made famous in that year and one I love to sing called Paint It Black. The tempo here is even faster than the Stones and contains a real Mediterranean feel, which literally powers you along in a burst of supreme vigour and flaming guitars.
The 60's unleashed some beautiful tracks upon us, non-
The second half of the album is a continuance of brilliance both on guitar from the duo, but also on the choice of compositions selected, we now move to a classic from 76, by the master blaster himself Stevie Wonder. Isn't she Lovely was of course a classic pop tune, but Carbe and Durand add a little Latin Jazz styled flavour into the mix and the result is something completely blissful.
A personal favourite of mine coming up next, this one is part of my set and I have loved this song since its release in 1968. Glen Campbell's Wichita Lineman is a classic country pop mix that has such a mournful melody. Having been to this part of the world, I can also understand the song better. Carbe and Durand have added an extra flavour, and manifested a supremely original version of a truly brilliant song.
After a little research I have found out that Mountain Song also takes us back in time, in fact some 20 years, whilst it was penned then, it was never released until now, for one I am glad they have, its brilliant, a beautifully paced track that at times reminds me of The Eagles in texture.
Now it's time for a song from the big chair! Back in 1985 that was the name of the album that Tears for Fears released Everybody Wants to Rule the World from. There is a clever flow to this instrumental arrangement and both Carbe and Durand almost dance with each other on the guitars, to create a fresh melody for us to enjoy.
In 1987 Sting would release an album called Nothing Like The Sun and then go onto release a single called Fragile from it, he would even be seen to be playing an acoustic guitar on the music video. The signature Latin feel is there and one feel's that if Sting should ever release this again, he should look no further than Carbe and Durand to provide the music for it; this is a quite lovely version.
Now for our last piece and prepare yourself for a surprise, because the dynamic duo will now perform for you an Ozzy Osbourne song called Crazy Train. Yes, I also get some strange looks when I sing this too! However this is a really clever arrangement, and even the most ardent rocker would salute them for this rendition, also, if they would ever like me to roar out the opening," ALL ABOARD" for them before they perform it, I would be more than happy to oblige.
A Bridge Between is one of those albums that is simply loveable, one can admire the technique, one can be filled with musical memories, but for me there was so much positive energy flowing through my headphones, it literally cheered my mood 10 fold. An album packed with classics and homemade compositions, you will simply miss out on a quite wonderfully fun album, if you don't get this little gem.
Liza Carbe looks like a cross between Bonnie Raitt, Janis Joplin, and Maria Muldaur while JP Durand reminds me of James Musser (Underwater Traffic), but their CD isn't like any of those musicians' work, instead an almost classical affair�but with a difference: as far as I know, no classical recitations ever featured tracks by Ozzy Osbourne ("Crazy Train"), Tears for Fears ("Everybody Wants to Rule the World" [not me!]), the Stones ("Paint It Black"), and many others -
If you're familiar with the World fusion band Incendio, an top-
More than that, the two produced, recorded, and mixed the affair, catching every note and chord in full in a warm atmosphere making one feel as though listening right there in the studio. Do not for a moment, however, imagine any hint of metal or pop-
Carbe and Durand are an acoustic guitar duo -
OK, they did write three of the thirteen tunes on this album, but the other ten are pretty much from the 1960s through the 1990s. But do not think of them as a cover band because they are not trying to sound like the originals (how could they with no singing or other instruments?). They have redesigned these melodies so that they work, and work well, with their twin-
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Carbe and Durand are simply excellent guitarists. Their duo album, A BRIDGE BETWEEN, is a real treat. The music is just two acoustic guitars, nothing else, and it features exquisite picking and playing. But what makes the album even more delectable are the tunes -
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