Jazz guitarists have such strong individual directions that they are usually more focused on their own musical goals than on looking for collaboration. But when it does happen, the results can be wonderful. The work of Pass and Kessel, Metheny and Scofield, and Abercrombie and Towner come to mind.
Wedgle and Arnold are no exception. Each has a unique style and direction and their decision to meet and play has yielded a feast.
Wedgle has a strong nylon string sound and avant-garde sensibilities. Arnold utilizes the full palette of the electric guitar, and expands it further using the computer program SuperCollider. This makes for a CD rich in the guitar’s sonic possibilities, and a treat for the ear.
Here you will find soundscapes created by the coming together of two musicians with a great affinity for atmospheric textures, beautiful melodies and extended improvisation. When they journey into interweaving counterpoint their unerring sense of jazz and contemporary melody shines through.
The theme of the record --of each tune based on a constellation-- comes from their feelings that these duets reflect something universal in the truest sense of the word. The dance of the planets though mathematically ordained still has its mysteries, and each constellation is a unique configuration. The interaction between Arnold and Wedgle has much of that same precision, and creative energy. It’s a beautiful beginning.