Happy Hour [オーストラリア盤] Import
After a Long Absence, the Favorite Album Known as 'chet Lag' Has Returned with a New Name and Three New Tracks. The Album was Originally Made to Benefit Kentucky Thumbpicker Tuck Razer's Family after He Passed Away. It Quickly Became a Favorite. Tommy Emmanuel and Renowned Jazz Guitarist Jim Nichols from Northern California Recorded this Tribute to Chet Atkins' Music. Three More Songs, Written and Played by Emmanuel Alone in that Style, Are Now Added to it to Make 'happy Hour'.
Tommy combines a flawless rhythmic sense with his matchless ability to draw something original from old standards like Avalon, while at the same time supporting Jim's solos with understated grooves and harmonics that makes you wonder why the original song never sounded that good.
Jim also gives his best to this album. His solos have a great technical depth, yet he never leaves the essence of the basic groove behind, making his mark on each song with some licks that will leave you speechless or just saying, "Yeah...," in agreement.
I have nearly all Tommy Emmanuel's acoustic music now, and this is every bit as good as the other albums (though not especially similar). In fact, thanks to Jim's presence, it's much better musically than his album with Chet Atkins, I think.
If you are a Tommy Emmanuel fan than purchase this cd. If you are not a Tommy Emmanuel fan purchase this cd. Most importantly if you have now idea who he is definitely purchase this album.
Jim Nichols and Tommy Emmanuel play off each other like only the best musicians can. Totally in sync, they play with the force and sound of a full band. Yet the style of music and the playful way they interact with each other, the album is as intimate as if they where close friends playing to you in your own home.
This CD makes me smile every time I listen to it. That is the best way I can describe it.