|2002, Higher Synthesis|
Caraher features brother jazz guitarists, Justin Caraher and Paul Caraher. The jazz duo embarks on the pursuit of acoustic based jazz covering classic tunes by jazz greats such as Al Di Meola, Chick Corea, and John Coltrane. The duo manages to provide good execution and enjoyable content for a number of their tracks, including their coverage of Chick Corea's "Captain Marvel", John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice", and Al Di Meola's "Mediterranean Sundance". But, though the pair is able to cover the complex classics with some capability which is impressive in itself, some of the playing seems to lack polished finesse and well-resolved notes due to vibrato or perhaps tuning that is slightly out or similar effects in some isolated areas of the recording, specifically in the tracks "Abakwa", "Mediterrane! an Sundance", and "Counter Colors". Though this is the effect that is impressed upon the listener, the lack of tonal centering may be due to intentional designs of the players to achieve harmonization based upon partial tones not resolved on pure chromatic tones, but whether it was appropriate in this case may be questionable, though not altogether so remarkable that it would discredit the effort and probably is within a reasonable latitude for jazz. But still, it is a great effort and the two do bite off a lot to chew with the tonality and complex compositions that they cover and compose with their advanced talents. These seeming minor imperfections are small relative to the intricate complexities that the brothers tackle with their fine performance on the tracks already mentioned.
All in all, Caraher's self-titled release is an impressive effort with some respectable coverage of intensive guitar jazz classics, as well as some interesting original progressive jazz compositions. The duo has an obvious handle on the complexities of the classics they have tackled, putting in some great efforts to decode the originals and reproduce them with accuracy. As for the other notable impressions pointed out, you would just have to listen for yourself to see if they seem off or not, slight as they are.
|Justin Caraher||Drums, Guitars, Keyboards, Percussion|
|Paul Caraher&n! bsp;||Guitars, Bass, Keyboards, Percussion|
|2) Spanish Irish Dance|
|3) Captain Marvel|
|5) Moment's Notice|
|7) Mediterranean Sundance|
|8) Counter Colors|
~ Christopher Ruel~ www.ChrisRuel.com ~ Chris@ChrisRuel.com ~ November 2003
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