This is the second recorded matchup of Duke Robillard, who has established one of the finest reputations in the blues field since he founded Roomful Of Blues in the late seventies, and Herb Ellis, one of those who truly deserves the designation 'legendary' for his work with everyone from Jimmy Dorsey to Oscar Peterson, Billy Holiday, Barney Kessel and many more. If it's a matchup that sounds promising on paper, it's a promise that you'll find completely fulfilled in your speakers.
Although Robillard is best known for his blues work, he's always had an affection for a gentler swing style as well, and as was first shown on 1999's Conversations In Swing Guitar
, that affection is amply reflected in the rich, relaxed grooves that he finds in the company of Ellis. Backed by a sympathetic rhythm trio, the two guitarists stretch out, dig in or kick back as the song and setting require, and in the process make every track a complete pleasure.
Robillard and Ellis may be separated by a generation chronologically, but they're totally united in their love for the swing style and their individual mastery of it. Listening to More Conversations In Swing Guitar
is like eavesdropping on the intimate crosstalk of two old friends.