Acoustic Guitar Magazine review!!!!! May 2005
Mae Moore and Lester Quitzau, "Oh My!"
By Celine Keating
On nine original compositions (including two instrumental guitar duets) and two covers, Mae Moore and Lester Quitzau bring energy and intimacy as well as pro-digious talents to their first joint CD. Quitzau's appealing baritone, well-suited to bluesy numbers like "Troubled Ways," and understated guitar and Dobro are a perfect match for the control, range, and versatil-ity of Moore's lustrous vocals, which, especially on "Stepping Through Fire," bring Joni Mitchell to mind. Moore and Quitzau have made solo CDs of their own, but together they have something special. The vocal harmonies and sensitive guitar fills are downright exquisite on "Here and Gone," Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan's "Hold On," and the bluesy version of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing," where Quitzau's slide really soars.
Mae Moore & Lester Quitzau Bio
The first Time Lester Quitzau and Mae Moore performed together as a duo was opening for Taj Mahal in 2002. They were received with standing ovations. There was clearly electricity between them.
The chemistry is all the more interesting when each artist has already several cd's, with Juno nominations, and more than a dozen years into their own careers and personae. Mae and Lester come from varied and diverse backgrounds, but compliment each other, striking a perfect balance. Audiences immediately remark on their connection, an inspired collaboration in which the sum is greater than it's parts.
As Canadian solo artists, Mae Moore and Lester Quitzau have each defied simple catagories. Working today in the relative quiet of their west coast home, they are crafting a passionate acoustic sound. Lester brings his trademark groove and sweeping blues vocabulary, and Mae her acoustic jazz and familiar folk feel to this new project. This work finds both artists reaching new levels, making music with an openess and depth that only comes with maturity.
Lester has been described as "a mellow guy that throws down a heavy groove". In 1998, Lester was nominated for a Juno with his stunning second release, A Big Love, as it took blues where no one expected it to go. His songs have a way of sounding classic, yet fresh. He also performs as part of the Juno award winning trio, Tri-Continental, with Bill Bourne and Madagascar Slim.
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Mae emerged from Ontario coffeehouses, moving to Vancouver into the 80's, where her music found a home in indie clubs as folk-rock-jazz. Her songwriting skills eventually landed her a deal with CBS Records and a Juno nomination for Oceanview Motel. Singles, "Watermark", "Bohemia" and "Genuine" established her as a standard and respected artist at Triple A radio in the US. After three releases and sales over 100,000, Mae returned to the indie route with her cd is, 'It's A Funny World'.
More on Mae at www.maemoore.com
Reviews & Quotes :
"...truth and understand with elegant acoustic guitar tracks."
Guitar Player Magazine
"...puts the emphasis on songwriting and turns out potential singles."
The Globe & Mail
"No competition. The award for Best Acoustic folk peformance goes to Mae Moore."
Acoustic Guitar Magazine
"Mae Moore and Lester Quitzau make beautiful music together, each bringing out the latent sweetness in the other. The unadorned, homespun pleasures of their first collaborative project don't suffer in comparison to the jazz-tinged sophistication of Moore's recent solo work or the churning energy of Quitzau's electric bands; instead, they testify that the warmth between these two can be successfully extended outward to their audience, and indeed to the world beyond."
Alexander Varty, The Georgia Straight Magazine
"Lester Quitzau and Mae Moore are individually two of Canada's finest Roots Artists. Together, their love of music and each other, combined with their dedication to craft make Lester and Mae a great addition to any event. In a festival setting they can cover a lot of bases, and please a wide range of audiences."
Rick Fenton, Artist Director, Winnipeg Folk Festival
"Everyone should have an evening like I did, listening to Mae and Lester in concert, followed by then listening to their CD (Oh My!) on the way back home in the car!"
Larry LeBlanc, Billboard magazine, Penguin Eggs
"OH MY! is one of my candidates for best recorded/engineered album of the year..."
Franz Schoeler, Stereo Magazine, Germany
"Oh My... it's a wonderful, wonderful recording. Great playing... love the songs."
Holger Petersen, CBC/CKUA Radio. Stony Plain Records