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CD071: Spirit Talk was recorded live onto a two-track tape-recorder, with a couple of mikes, in St. Gregory the Great Church in Chicago. The live recording illustrates just how good this duo is. John Moulder is an outstanding guitar player, who has worked with many artists, including jazz bit hitters, Terry Callier, Lyle Mays and Paul Wertico. His partner on this album is Ken Hall, an excellent vibraphone player who previously studied with Gary Burton. Some of the tracks are self-penned; others are compositions by Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett and others. The acoustic guitar and vibraphone tone together to generate an exceptionally warm sound, and the album is just delightful. Insight October 2003
CD071: This is the debut album from this duo, pairing the unusual combination of guitar (Moulder) and vibraphone (Hall). Recorded live without editing in St Gregory the Great Church, Chicago, the set takes in classics like 'Autumn Leaves', along with Chick Corea's 'La Fiesta' and 'Spain', Keith Jarrett's 'Memories of Tomorrow' a couple of Steve Swallow numbers, and even 'Stella by Starlight: Four self-composed pieces are also featured. I have to confess that the prospect of a guitar and vibraphone recording didn't exactly set me on fire; on paper at least this risked a deep delve into 'elevator' territory. Fortunately I couldn't have been more wrong. Moulder has played with the likes of Lyle Mays and Eddie Harris, and Hall has trained with Gary Burton, and it shows. Just listen to their take on Corea's classic 'La Fiesta': the empathy between them is evident: the playing superb and for me their version runs a very close second to the original. Both take solo's with Moulder's version of Corea's 'Spain' forming an appropriate display of virtuosity to close the set. The whole album is very enjoyable, lyrical, absorbing and just a damn fine experience that I suspect I shall return to many times. It's superbly recorded too. Ken Christianson has captured a warm, natural acoustic with real 'in the room' presence. Recommended.