This is a lovely album. Two of the best guitarists from ECM together. All I have is praise for it. But. BUT....Where is the better of their collaborations: The ECM "Five Years Later"? I can't understand why ECM hasn't released that outstanding album on CD. Lucky for some of us who have it still in LP form, it can still be heard. Believe me, it is even more evocative and lovely than "Sargasso Sea". (And that reminds me of another yet non-released CD from another fine guitarist, "Circle of the Sun", by..
Two virtuosos, John Abercrombie and Ralph Towner, get the chance to explore eight of their own compositons (four by Abercrombie, two by Towner, and two by Abercrombie & Towner together.) An entire recording of often subtle guitar duets might have become dull, but Abercrombie and Towner each have a distinctive sound and this music works for me. I particularly enjoyed the sound of Abercrombie's electric guitar with Towner's acoustic one. Towner's occasional piano touches are also welcome. The compositions..
I think Bob W is being a little rough on this record; to my ear the contrasting sensibilities of Ralph & John give this record its color- Also, I rather enjoy the relatively casual feel of Sargasso, although I agree with Bob that Abercrombie has grown by leaps & bounds as a player in the ensuing years. Regarding the notion of hearing these 2 players have another go at it, they did just that 5 years later on the ECM LP "Five Years Later" and it is indeed a superior session. Inexplicably ECM have never, to m..