Album Review

Snellings, Beth and Yehudit – “Different Strokes ” – [Edgetone Records]

humana   7/17/2008   A Library, CD

Jazz Duo: Different Strokes is Yehudit on five-string electric violin and Beth Snellings on cello. Together they offer up 10 tracks (7 of them from a 2004 concert in San Francisco) of standards mixed with original compositions, with nary a bad one in the bunch. The liner notes are a must-read, and on them you can follow the smiles to my favorites. Particularly noteworthy is the way each musician takes turns playing solos, so eventually the violin and cello seem almost interchangeable and seamless (2, 8, 5). Clearly these women are secure in their musicianship and have no trouble sharing the spotlight. This is a CD that swings, and many will enjoy dropping it into their sets for a snazzy energy boost.
PGM: Each song ends as early as 0:09.
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