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Kristensen/Kelley/Smith/Wangen - Guitar Quartet

California Session

 

Two compositions:

1. Moon River

2. This Masquerade

 

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1. Moon River - Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini

Music arrangement: Rolf Kristensen

Rolf Kristensen, Pat Kelley, Richard Smith, Øystein Wangen - electric guitars

Theme first part: Rolf Kristensen

Theme second part: Pat Kelley

First solo: Pat Kelley

Second solo: Rolf Kristensen

Third solo: Richard Smith

Last theme: Richard Smith

 

2. This Masquerade – Leon Russell

Music arrangement: Rolf Kristensen

Rolf Kristensen, Pat Kelley, Richard Smith, Øystein Wangen - Guitars

Theme part one: Pat

Theme part two: Richard

Solo 1, acoustic guitar: Rolf

Solo 2, electric archtop: Pat

Solo 3, acoustic guitar: Øystein

Solo 4, electric guitar: Richard

Ending theme: Rolf

Drums: Andreas Skorpe Sjøen

Double bass: Håvard Henriksen

Electric piano: Bruno Gagro

Norwegian-American guitar quartet with guitarists from USC and UiA.

Rolf Kristensen, Pat Kelley, Richard Smith, Øystein Wangen - electric and acoustic guitars.

This recording is a result of a musical collaboration that began when Rolf Kristensen was a guest professor at the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles in 2012. Many of the most renowned American guitarists are faculty at USC, and Kristensen had the pleasure of playing with some of these during his stay in LA. On a later visit to LA in 2019, Kristensen brought his own arrangements of the classics "Moon River" (Johnny Mercer/Henry Mancini) and "This Masquerade" (Leon Russell).

 

He invited the USC professors, Richard Smith and Pat Kelley, two of the finest guitarists on the West Coast, in addition to the young and very talented Norwegian guitarist Øystein Wangen, a student at UiA and exchange student at MI. Rolf Kristensen is an associate professor at UiA, known from collaborations with artists in a wide range of genres.

The four of them gathered for a session in Artsong Studio in the Hollywood Hills, and the result was two new and original versions of these beautiful classics in an inspired meeting between four guitarists representing different musical traditions. On "This Masquerade" we also hear the Norwegian rhythm section: Håvard Henriksen - bass, Andreas Skorpe Sjøen - drums and Bruno Gagro - electric piano

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