Title - 'Across the Evening'
Artist - Jon Durant & Robert Jürjendal
For those not in the know, Across The Evening - by guitarists Jon Durant and Robert Jürjendal - further extends the ambient/jazz/world crossover music that both musicians have traversed throughout their diverse careers.
Featuring appearances from Colin Edwin (UK) on bass, Aleksei Saks (Estonia) on trumpet, and Andi Pupato (Switzerland) on percussion, this often beautiful and atmospheric album crosses multiple stylistic boundaries.
Furthermore, the final two tracks, 'Return to Russia' and 'Balkan Blue' are live recordings from the ensemble’s live performance in Tallin in 2019.
1. 'Early Evening Colors'
2. 'Distance Groove'
3. 'Reflective Sea'
5. 'Leading Indicator'
6. 'Beguiling Eyes'
7. 'On the Water'
8. 'Return to Russia'
9. 'Balkan Blue'
Opening with the atmospheric, and melodically fascinating 'Early Evening Colors' they back that up seamlessly with the building, at times moody ambiance of 'Distance Groove,' the all-encompassing kaleidoscope of auras found within 'Reflective Sea,' and then both the foot-tappin' beats of 'Mirage' and some wholly inspiring framework growth within 'Leading Indicator.'
One of my own personal favorites is the quietly melodious wonderment of 'Beguiling Eyes' which is followed by the stirring beguilement of 'On the Water,' with the album closing on those two aforementioned live tracks - the delicate 'Return to Russia' and the ornate, Eastern-inspired 'Balkan Blue' (which, if my ears don't deceive me, at times seemingly borrows a distinctive melodic hook from the film Close Encounters of the Third Kind!)
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