ALDEN, HOWARD / BROWN, ANDY / Heavy Artillery -CD *Delmark 5008
New York guitarist Howard Alden and Chicago guitarist Andy Brown co-lead a swinging two-guitar quartet session. Playing a mix of standards, Brazilian tunes, and songs by fellow jazz guitarists, this recording documents a fifteen-year relationship between the two musicians. “Howard Alden belongs to a small, elite group of the very best jazz guitarists in the world” – guitar legend Johnny Smith. Andy Brown is an “uncommonly good player, with a modesty that brings to mind the fine Canadian guitarist Ed Bickert and a warmth suggestive of Joe Pass” – DownBeat. “Brown and Alden don’t merely mimic an earlier era in jazz history-they build upon it, offering a freshness of spirit that transcends any particular period or style” – Chicago Tribune.