JESSE READ bassoon
MICHAEL STRUTT guitar
SKYLARK MUSIC SK9901
New recording of all South American music
for guitar and bassoon, a full menu of tangos,
waltzes, samba and bossa-nova,
passionate and direct to the heart.
a delightful, beautifully crafted CD
.has been able to capture that sad-but suave and lusciously rhythmic quality of Latin American music to perfection! With his gorgeous upper register, Jesse creates many hauntingly beautiful moments
International Double Reed Society Journal
a bold plunge into an unprecedented duo-combination and a virtually unexplored Latin American repertoire for such a pairing.
In tasty arrangements of such composers as Astor Piazzolla, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Luis Bonfa and Ernesto Nazareth, Read holds nothing back. His phrasing and rhythm pour forth with unself-conscious daring. He makes tortuous turns and leaps sound easy. His bassoon dances and talks as well as it sings, all with that rich, smoky tone we've come to relish at the Carmel Bach Festival.
If you thought you knew Jesse Read, then prepare to be surprised.
Monterey County Weekly