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Four Classic Guitar-Duo Albums

When two necks are better than one

LARRY CORYELL/PHILIP CATHERINE
Twin-House (Elektra, 1977)

Classic fusion-era guitar wasn’t all shredding at high volume-a lot of it was acoustic, in fact. This steel-string duo covered Django Reinhardt and Keith Jarrett in fascinating ways, and the originals (several by Belgian guitarist Catherine, the opening “Ms. Julie” by Coryell) had a way of reconciling jazz modernism and white-hot chops with calmer folk-like moods and textures. There’s heavy improvisation, the twang of rock and blues and the allure of simple and lasting melodies.

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