Guitarist, Mason Razavi and pianist, Bennett Roth-Newell are
a regularly working duet that has released an album entitled, After You.The two explore original compositions, in
addition to recognized standards. Razavi and Roth-Newell exhibits an excellent
chemistry as a duet, both listen to each other and playoff each other’s phrases
in a true conversational manner.
Razavi has a great touch; the bond with his guitar is
evident and only comes from profound dedication to the study and practice of
the high art of guitar playing. Razavi never plays a line or phrase out of
place, every line and chord has the sense of being carefully chosen and played
with assurance and heart. There is always solid focus on the melody and his
knowledge of advanced harmonic or melodic is guided by his ears, not his
Roth-Newell has a natural sense of jazz history in his
playing, his esthetic and openness to the piano lineage is apparent. His chord
voicings are splendid; his sensitivity as an accompaniment is exceptional and
his single lines are clear in both rhythm and melodic direction. It is
rewarding to hear, the precision of his touch and the logic of his playing
combined with his virtuosity lead to a high sense of musical expression.
After You covers swing, blues, ballads, funky straight eight,
and latin. The expressive nuance of the two interacting and painting a
consistent musical picture is moving, stirring, brilliant and restrained.
Spring, Clifford Brown (3:50); Escaping the Inevitable, B. Roth-Newell (4:22);
A Daughter Is A Gift To The World, B. Roth-Newell (5:28); Mercy, Mercy, Mercy,
Joe Zawinul (4:38); Will You?, Mason Razavi (3:59); Mixed Memories, B.
Roth-Newell (4:54); Through The Fog, Mason Razavi (3:59); Yesterday,
Razavi: guitar; Bennett Roth-Newell: piano