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Distance - Grigoryan Brothers
“...guitar playing of uncommon originality and authority. Musicality, expressivity and daring...” - The New York Times
ABC Classics are thrilled to announce the reissue of three albums by acclaimed Australian guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan.
Distance was the fourth duo release from the Grigoryans, and reveals their love of jazz and improvisation. The album title hints at a theme of geographical distance, borne out by the varied and far-flung homelands of the musicians involved here: US jazz icon Ralph Towner, Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel, Australia’s own Nigel Westlake, Brazilian guitarist Paulo Bellinati and England’s William Lovelady.
But this album also hits a little closer to home: the brothers’ parents Edward and Irina Grigoryan appear on this recording, as do compositions by some of Australia’s finest contemporary composers in Jeremy Alsop and Shaun Rigney.
Showcasing a variety of genres as well as their extraordinary technical prowess, Distance ranges from playful to pensive as it envelopes and beguiles the listener. Named by UK magazine Mojo as the second best Jazz release of 2010, Distance evokes a response that is anything but distant.
The Grigoryan Brothers, individually and as a duo, are counted amongst the finest musicians of their generation. Between them, they have clocked up an incredible 21 ARIA Award nominations and their recording and performing careers – and popularity – continue to flourish.
1. PAULO BELLINATI Jongo
2. LEONARD GRIGORYAN Distance
3. RALPH TOWNER
with Edward Grigoryan – violin
Irina Grigoryan – viola
Slava Iourgaev – cello
Ben Robertson – double bass
4. WILLIAM LOVELADY Nartuby River
5. WOLFGANG MUTHSPIEL Everything Happens to That Dog
with Daniel Farrugia – drums
6. NIGEL WESTLAKE Shards of Jaisalmer
with Doug de Vries – guitar
7. EDWARD GRIGORYAN Tian Shan
8. JEREMY ALSOP Mandalay to Melbourne
9. SHAUN RIGNEY Prayer Flags in Bright Wind