Holmes-Levinson Group, Holmes-Levinson Group (Self-Released) 

click to enlarge cd1.jpg

It's hard to imagine a more unlikely grouping of tunes working so well together. From the Neville Brothers' "Yellow Moon" to Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" to Johnny Mercer's "I'm an Old Cowhand," of all things, guitarists Gene Holmes and Louie Levinson have artfully crafted a record that successfully plays upon many of their varied musical interests and strengths.

While both have alter egos that anchor their countrified outfit, the Cochise County All-Stars, Holmes-Levinson is mostly about everything but country, with a heavy focus on jazz, and Latin jazz in particular. While this is primarily exemplified through Levinson's two instrumental originals, "Good News/Bad News" and "Afuera de Langers," his nylon-string guitar is all over this recording, adding Latin licks to "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas," "Speak Low" and "My Heart Holds." The latter is a true gem, given how the group has taken a relatively obscure Japanese folk tune and reinterpreted it as a smoothly arranged, Latin-flavored instrumental.

A large part of this album's charm is the seamless blend of acoustic and electric guitars. On "Good News/Bad News," Holmes' electric Guild and Levinson's acoustic get along in ways that surprisingly complement each other. At the same time, Holmes provides bite when needed. While Jack Wood and "Uncle" Dave Jeffrey on bass and drums are support players, their strong presence makes it clear how essential they are.

More by Jim Lipson


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

The Range

The Weekly List: 29 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

The Weekly List: 23 Things To Do In Tucson This Week

Laughing Stock: Laff’s and Tears, Plus New Mics

More »

Latest in Rhythm & Views

  • Rhythm & Views

    American Monoxide “In Flight Mode” (People In A Position To Know)
    • Dec 18, 2014
  • Rhythm & Views

    Wight Lhite “Beyond the Satellites” (Paisley Shirt Records)
    • Dec 11, 2014
  • More »

Most Commented On

  • Their Way

    The Trashcan Sinatras have traveled each and every highway for more than three decades
    • May 10, 2018
  • XOXO...

    What's coming down the music pipeline in the next week.
    • May 10, 2018
  • More »

People who saved…

Facebook Activity

© 2018 Tucson Weekly | 7225 Mona Lisa Rd. Ste. 125, Tucson AZ 85741 | (520) 797-4384 | Powered by Foundation