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Christian Eckert Quartet: Up!

The liner photos on Up! show guitarist Christian Eckert looking determined and in deep concentration; his bassist Johannes Schaedlich looks beatific. The first tune, “Spinning Around,” starts with the two of them sounding just the opposite of how they look, but they quickly shift positions and those photos represent their playing on the rest of the recording. “Tale of Woe” exemplifies the complementary way guitar and bass relate, with the two of them bleeding into each other: while Eckert solos, then Schaedlich’s somber solo gives way to the guitarist’s echo-like notes.

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