A wonderful outdoor recording in binaural sound, made at
Shining Cliff Woods, Ambergate in The Peak District,
Derbyshire, this release is all about spirit and essence.
The location was not merely the backdrop to the performance,
it is intrinsically wrapped up with it inspiring the performances
heard here. Part One recorded in the woods, with contributions
from buzzing flies and singing birds, Part Two at the stream
with the rushing, gurgling waters and Martin and Jim in a
musical conversation with the environment.
Jim and Martin play a wonderful selection of material from
originals like Testing Time and Home through Jim's superb
tribute to his hero Chet Atkins Jim's Mellow Blue to traditional
ragtime like Black Mountain Rag and Cannonball Rag and the
North Carolina Ramblers Hungry Hash House.
Produced by Dallas Simpson, one of the pioneers of binaural
recording, that is a recording made using tiny microphones
inserted into his ears !!. In this way it is possible to capture a
performance exactly how the person who was there heard it,
with the sound wavefront wrapping around the head and ears,
with each ear perceives a different sound - a combination of
pure sound and acoustic interference.