Review: Duke Robillard / Herb Ellis

Duke Robillard / Herb Ellis
“More Conversations in Swing Guitar”
(Stony Plain)

This album picks up where 1999’s Conversations in Swing Guitar left off. This matches two master blues guitarists from different generations. Herb Ellis gigged around with Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and more. Duke Robillard can point to Roomful of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Bob Dylan and more on his résumé. The instrumental album is relaxed and fluid as the guitarist engage in melodic, not flashy, interplay. The easy, back-and-forth manner gives the album its warm, personal conversational style and hence the title.