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Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras: Kreisberg Meets Veras (New for Now)

Review of duo album by two "guitar monsters"

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Cover of album Kreisberg Meets Veras
Cover of album Kreisberg Meets Veras

The press release for this album references “the guitar community.” At first it sounds odd. There is no “saxophone community” or “trumpet community.” Yet who can doubt that we have been living (at least until recently) in the Guitar Age? If there truly is such a community—populated by guitarists, would-be guitarists, and guitar junkies—it should grasp this duo to its motley bosom. Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras are guitar monsters.

They come from different places. Kreisberg, from New York through Miami, is an advanced mainstream employer of the Gibson ES-175 hollowbody electric. Veras, from Salvador de Bahia through Paris, is a postmodern Brazilian classicist who plays nylon-string acoustic. Alone together, they unfold luxuriant tapestries of sound. Kreisberg composes varied forms that gain interest when he and Veras, in turn, elaborate them in long sinuous lines, comping for one another richly, in layers.

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