Boston-based guitarists Garrison Fewell and Eric Hofbauer perform an eclectic series of duets inspired by the deeper roots of jazz in the music of West Africa, Persia and the Arabic-Islamic world. The music of this intergenerational duo, which met for nearly a year and a half to discuss the music before playing a single note together, juxtaposes ancient traditions with the language and techniques of contemporary improvisation.
It seemed to both Garrison and Eric that the music of several cultures, reshaped over several tempestuous centuries, pulses through jazz of the 21st century, writes journalist Ed Hazell in the liner notes to the duo's debut, The Lady of Khartoum (CNM 010). Following the logic of improvisation's eternal present, [they] have synthesized the music of centuries into something organic to the moment...an album of music that stepped out of a deeper understanding of history into a deeper knowledge of our common humanity. ...
- The Lady of Khartoum by Mark F. Turner
- The Lady of Khartoum by John Sharpe
- The Lady Of Khartoum by Nic Jones
--The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, Ninth Edition
This freewheeling pan-cultural duo helps show that jazz’s family tree has
some pretty deep roots.
--Nathan Turk, Signal to Noise
Tracks like “Dogon Delta Blues” and “Devil at the Salang Pass” are
adventurous and quirky, exploring the boundaries of the guitar’s sonic
possibilities. “Farsighted Friendship”, a John Tchicai composition (Fewell is a
long-time collaborator), is a fitting closing tune, beautiful and
--Karen Hogg, AllAboutJazz-New York
Fewell and Hofbauer are both players acutely aware of the sonic potential their instrument has to offer, and that awareness is one of the many qualities that combine to lift the music on The Lady Of Khartoum well above the run-of-the-mill...the duo's economy lends to the proceedings the kind of dignity that seems like an increasingly rare quality...