Gilbert Isbin / Scott Walton


With their CD, ‘Recall‘, Gilbert Isbin and Scott Walton premier an innovative genre–defying collaboration, pairing lute and contrabass in a duo that references progressivejazz, classical avant-garde and Renaissance chambermusic.  Recorded in October 2011, their album, released by the New York based label PfMentum, combines Isbin’s intriguing original compositions with a fresh approach to open improvisation carrying listeners to an evocative soundscape marked by emotional subtlety, touching melodicism, and (for an acoustic string duo) an astonishing array of timbres and textures. Moving seamlessly from compelling grooves to abstract sound worlds, the music is lyrical and angular expressive and evocative, honest and virtuosic – bound  by telepathic interplay and inspired improvisation. Venice Suite, their 2006 trio release with the brilliant West Coast violinist Jeff  Gauthier, a collaboration between Gauthier’s Crytogramophone label and Belgian-based JazzHalo, inspired critics to proclaim: “16 pearls of musical finesse…improvisational chamber jazz” (MazzMuzikaS), “an album of hypnotic beauty, full of magical musical interactions” (All About Jazz), “sentimental yet adventurously winding, it is chamber music of an extraordinarily honest kind, somewhere between contemporary classical music and exceptionally creative jazz” (Improv.hu), wonderfully enticing genre-­‐hopping studio date…finesse, discernible ingenuity and a highly entertaining form-­‐factor” (eJazzNews), “intelligent arrangements and authenticity of sound…musical improvisation at its best” (Jazzrytmit). Jos Demol
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AUDIO

Panting   Pensive   Induction   Gnomish Jig  Unhinged   Recall   Scuttle to the Shuttle

VIDEOS

Embra   Gift To The Fall   Knomish   Impro 1   Invocation Song   Impro 2

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