Nashville, TN, August 12, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- The CD is being released exactly one year after a chance meeting at a festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin at which the two played together for the first time. These two international stars bonded over their love of classic swing music and mutual admiration for one another’s work. After playing what turned into a magical version of “Honeysuckle Rose” at a jam session, the idea for the recording of “Back to Back” was born.
One of the most unique aspects of this recording is that although the basic tracks were laid down in Nashville, TN, much of the recording was done long distance. UK-based Powers and US-based Gazell sent tracks back and forth using the internet and communicated via Skype all during the process and throughout the final mixes. Thanks to Skype “I felt as if I was in the studio with PT and Dave Sinko, our brilliant engineer,” stated chromatic harmonica virtuoso Brendan Power commenting on the internet’s importance to the project.
The disc is filled with classic reinterpretations that evoke the swinging sounds of Benny Goodman, Django Reinhart, Ben Webster and many more. There are two solo pieces by each artist and seven duets. Together, and separately, these two masters have created a unique and brilliant collection of instrumental feats of wonder.
Veteran diatonic harmonica ace PT Gazell, whose last effort, “Swingin’ Easy – Hittin’ Hard” was greeted with much success and critical acclaim, said that although the recording method was “unconventional”, the sessions “proved to be some of the coolest I’ve been involved with in years.”
Both PT Gazell and Brendan Power have busy schedules that will see them traversing the globe, together and separately. They will be playing at the SPAH Festival in St. Louis in August, and then PT heads to China to play at the Asian Pacific Harmonica Festival in Hangzhou City and to Shanghai for some club gigs. Powers travels back to Europe and to gigs in France after their get together in St. Louis.
Both players are extremely exited and pleased to see the release of their combined efforts and are looking forward to unleashing their new sounds live at the Festival in St. Louis. The unlikely pairing of these two harmonica greats – one a UK-based New Zealander and the other a Wisconsin-native now based in Tennessee – has allowed for a truly unique, exciting and one of a kind special event, “Back To Back.” Available date: 8-11-08.