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The Jazz Readers have created a highly melodic album..... The compositions are unfailingly tuneful, the grooves infectious and the arrangements rich and colourful. Lindsay and Halliday are thus able to create a variety of moods thereby sustaining the listeners interest throughout.

This is a warm, unpretentious album, executed with a high degree of skill and an easy charm.


A 4**** review and album of the week from the Herald :

IT HAS been a prolific year for Bearsden-based multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Lindsay. He played on, co-wrote and co-produced Willard Grant Conspiracy's last album, produced the debut CD by folkies Doghouse Roses and composed the soundtrack for recent BBC4 Barbara Cartland biopic, In Love With Barbara. Now, alongside Simon Halliday, he transforms himself into one half of guitar duo The Jazz Readers for a laidback stroll through decades of boogaloo, psychedelic jazz-rock, funk and ambient chill-out. Lindsay drops the names of Boogaloo Joe Jones, Johnny Smith and Barney Kessel into the sleeve notes; to that, I'd also add shades of Ry Cooder on the cinematic Orbiting The Giant Hairball. You could file this under "lounge", but there's much more to it than that, particularly on a gutsy fusion track like Larry's Party. As AAW shifts through a unique texturing of chill-out beats, East European strings, electric guitar harmonics and acoustic guitar solo, the open vistas of world, classical, jazz and trip hop exist within a breath of each other. Roll on, volume two.

CD of the week The Jazz Readers Volume One (Mozie Records) 4/5

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