Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Longitudes & Latitudes

Magazine article Acoustic Guitar

Longitudes & Latitudes

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Lawrence Blatt

Longitudes & Latitudes

(LMB Music)

An internal travelogue rife with strong acoustic g rooves

For his fifth album, Lawrence Blatt is shifdng away from the quiet, mostly solo meditations of Emergence (2014) to embrace a light jazzy post-Windham Hill adult contemporary, complete with cello (Eugene Friesen), flugelhom (Jeff Oster), sax (Premik Russell Tubbs), violin (Charlie Bisharat, Lila Sklar), and percussion (Jeff Haynes). Each of these 14 pieces was written in a different city as near as San Francison and as far aw>ay as China, but there's little overtly geographical about these oppositions. Yes, there's a nod to klezmer in "Flying over Ellis Island" and flamenco in "Noches de Barcelona," but "Hyde Park Bench" doesn't feel any more like London than "Slow Walk Past the Bank" feels like Paris or "The Places Left Behind" feels like Boulder. …

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