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Blackbird

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Blackbird

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# Play Song Title Duration Composer
1

Blackbird

5:18 Paul McCartney, John Lennon
2

Africa

4:30 David Paich, Jeff Porcaro
3

Ashokan Farewell

3:34 Jay Ungar
4

10th Avenue Tango

7:28 Robben Ford
5

Anthropology

5:01 Charlie Parker
6

A Lotus on Irish Streams

4:08 John McLaughlin
7

Ramblin'

4:56 Ornette Coleman
8

Contemplation

6:40 McCoy Tyner
9

Beatiful Love

5:42 Wayne King, Victor Young, Egbert Van Alstyne
10

For The Asking

5:13 John R. Burr

One of the most unusual pairings of solo piano and violin songs you'll ever find. John R Burr and Mads Tolling take mastery of their instruments to a new level.

These masterful musicians explore songs like Blackbird and Africa with a new twist of improvisation added. Then they move to Charlie Parker's Anthropology and Ornette Coleman's Ramblin. Laced between are Appalachian ballads to tug at your heartstrings.

The album was started on the day our lockdown in Califormia started - a time when we didn't know much about the Covid-19 virus. There were moments when we thought we may not see each other again, let alone play and record together. Completing the cycle, John and Mads were the first back into the studio when the lockdown limits were lifted. Both of them have returned to performing.

Recorded live in the studio, performing in the same room without headphonees and no headphones using the proprietary E.S.E. methods. Cookie Marenco and Patrick O'Connor recorded direct to DSD256 at OTR Studios.