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Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston - Sing a Full Song (Hands On Music)

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This multi-textured follow-up to last year's self-titled debut sees Miranda Sykes and Rex Preston once again exploring the relationship between the double bass and the mandolin, with even more interesting results. On this second offering, the duo are joined by Oregon flat-pick guitar player Grant Gordy, whose credentials include a stint with the David Grisman Quintet, a role played previously by the likes of Tony Rice, Mark O'Connor, Frank Vignola and Mike Marshall. Gordy's contribution complements Miranda and Rex's dextrous playing perfectly as they continue to explore a variety of styles from folk and bluegrass to classical and jazz elements.  

With a dozen songs, chosen for the most part from the repertoires of contemporary writers such Paul Metsers (How Soon How Long, Slowin' Down), Imogen Heap (Little Bird) and Bill Jones (Turn To Me), with a couple written especially for the duo by Boo Hewerdine (Me and My Sister the Moon, Windowbox), together with the one traditional ballad (Lady Isabel and the Elf Knight), the album weaves such a rich tapestry of acoustic sounds, you can almost feel the wood, especially on the one instrumental Red Prairie Dawn, which really wouldn't be out of place on the next series of the Transatlantic Sessions. Are you listening Aly?
Allan Wilkinson
Northern Sky