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Reviewers: Tony Augarde [Editor], Steve Arloff, Nick Barnard, Pierre Giroux, Don Mather, Glyn Pursglove, George Stacy, Bert Thompson, Sam Webster, Jonathan Woolf

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1. Night Muse
2. S Car Go
3. Dolphin Dreaming
4. Bluebell Park
5. Cricket Serenade
6. Raymore
7. Almond Eyes
8. Lucile
9. Toucan Fly
10. Ernesto
11. My Place

Nura Stone - Cello
Neal Stone - Electronic keyboard


On the back cover of this CD it says "File under contemporary jazz/ New Age". I'm not sure if this is a jazz album, although it includes a good deal of what seems like improvisation from cellist Nura Stone. But the music isn't the sort of thing you would tap your feet to: it glides along serenely like a gently-flowing stream. It reminds me most of an album by a group called Oasis - no, not the rock group but a short-lived band which included cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, Peter Skellern and Mary Hopkin.

However you categorise this album, it is full of gorgeous melodies. Neal Stone mostly supplies a warm backing for Nura's cello. The two instruments combine beautifully. All the tracks are original compositions by the duo. My only complaint is that Nura Stone's intonation on the cello sometimes goes astray, as at the end of Dolphin Dreaming, where Nura plays ascending notes which sound decidedly off-pitch. But then the cello is notoriously difficult to keep precisely in tune.

If you want some tranquil music to relax to, this album is ideal - especially as it is so melodious at a time when melodies seem to getting rarer by the day. Pat Metheny praised the duettists, saying "Very nice CD! Together, they make something beautiful happen".

Tony Augarde

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