Master guitarists Jimmy Bruno
and Chuck Anderson
are currently composing material for an exciting new project entitled Images for Two Jazz Guitars
. The talented tandem are also planning live performances as well as master classes and other educational platforms in support of it.
Their goal is to explore new musical territory with both the compositions and the instrumentation of each piece. Tracks will find their own direction and require unique instrumentation and don't be surprised to hear a cello and oboe on one song and a funk bass on another. As Anderson jokes, It's not like we're putting a band together and going on the road. We have the full resources of great musicians and a recording facility."
Their approach to the ten track Images for Two Jazz Guitars
is to create themes, then structure, then instrumentation and finally, arrangements. The themes will provide the foundation of each piece and then Bruno and Anderson will do what they have done for so many years: improvise.
The music is an amalgam of their experiences and the music they love, which has made for a terrific working collaboration. According to Anderson, Jimmy is a fantastic musical partner and a great collaborator. The process has been tremendous and we're thrilled with the results so far."
Recently, Anderson and Bruno sat down and started playing together without a theme in mind, no charts, no idea of a direction. What happened was magical. Luckily, they captured it on tape" and are making it available at All About Jazz.
Also in the video (see below), Bruno and Anderson discuss their work together. You can find a free audio download of that recently recorded spontaneous duet at Anderson's blog