Father and Son
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This is refreshing - two steel-string acoustics expertly played by Ulf (father) and Eric (son) Wakenius. There’s nowhere to hide if the playing is under par or the material isn’t great; both aspects here are pleasingly of very high quality. Opening (and closing) with the classic Birdland by Joe Zawinul, they play with a well-honed sense of dynamics with chords and melodies well arranged. Irish Vagabond is a vibrant affair with open-string passages, harmonised melodies and unison riffs, nodding subtly to both Metallica and the McLaughlin-Meola-De Lucia trio! Talking of the latter, there are references to both Paco (the flamenco syncopations in Paco’s Delight) and Meola; the bold rhythms of Mistral, beautiful main melody and the punchy dynamics are reminiscent of the picking master. It’s not all high-end fusion though; their arrangement of Scarborough Fair is very soothing; bouncy rhythms and colourful chords infuse Eleanor Rigby; and Eric sings with real passion on both Cat Stevens’ Father And Son and the blues classic, Help The Poor. If you want great acoustic artistry, this is highly recommended.