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Bob Sneider/Paul Hoffman: Interconnection

It’s very easy for the members of guitar-piano duos to get in each other’s harmonic way. Most longtime jazz fans will remember that Jim Hall and Bill Evans were able to deal with this difficulty, but players without their harmonic acumen, telepathic powers and preternatural talent have to find other means. On Interconnection (Sons of Sound), guitarist Bob Sneider and pianist Paul Hofmann also manage to mesh quite well, but they do it by clinging very closely to a prearranged script. It is as if they approached this tricky situation of one guitar and one piano like a calculus project.

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