...two of Boston's most adventurous guitarists...
—Kevin Lowenthal, Boston Globe
...this extraordinary duo session makes most of Bill Frisell’s
records seem one-dimensional.
—Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings, 9th Edition
This freewheeling pan-cultural duo helps show that jazz’s
family tree has some pretty deep roots.
—Nathan Turk, Signal To Noise
Fewell and Hofbauer are both players acutely aware of the
sonic potential their instrument has to offer, and that awareness
is one of the many qualities that combine to lift the music on The
Lady Of Khartoum well above the run-of-the-mill...the duo's
economy lends to the proceedings the kind of dignity that seems
like an increasingly rare quality. It all adds up to something special
in the sense that the very restricted tonal palette that two guitars
can offer is effectively trumped by the wealth of ideas and the
sharp musical reflexes of the two players concerned.
—Nic Jones, AllAboutJazz.com
...this duet session from Boston-area guitarists Garrison
Fewell and Eric Hofbauer both dazzles and beguiles...A diaspora
of titles alludes to the wide ranging influences brought to bear
through this delightful but uncompromising set...[a] richly rewarding
disc, resonant of other cultures and other times, yet firmly of
—John Sharpe, AllAboutJazz.com
Like conversations between two distant friends, the dialogs of
these skilled improvisers speak of familiar and unfamiliar territories
that are at many times intriguing and trans-cultural. The opening
dissonant plucks heard on the "Prologue: Before the Dream,"
the gut-bucket blues in "Dogon Delta Blues," or the rural
patchwork of the title selection, all suggest locales that are at
once foreign and native. The recording ends with its longest
and most emotive number, "Farsighted Friendship," a fitting
conclusion to a memorable work of creativity.
—Mark F. Turner, AllAboutJazz.com
This seemingly unmatched pair join beautifully in a program of
progressive ethnic-influenced music that taps from bop and fusion,
Middle Eastern folk forms, and much freedom. What sets them apart,
especially evident on the title track, is the resonant use of sticks
on strings, combining Arabic inferences with a Western sensibility.
Where guitar fans should find this intriguing to the nth degree,
the general public interested in improvised music should also find
that Fewell and Hofbauer make compelling music worth more that a
—Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
Their deconstructions are deft and inventive, as is their postmodern
reconstruction of “Bye Bye Blackbird” as “A Cajun
Raven”. The gorgeous drift of “Farsighted Friendship”,
which occupies the same territory as one of Loren Connors’s
airs, brings things nicely to a close.
—Brian Marley, The Wire
The Lady of Khartoum is a beauty that emerged
as Hofbauer and Fewell discussed their disparate interests—Fewell’s
world travels, Hofbauer’s teaching gigs, and “different
musical techniques that bridge the cultural divide”...the
freely improvised tracks are impressive for their consistent mood.
Ten percent of sales from this lucid, affecting CD goes to Mercy
—Jon Garelick, Boston Phoenix
The Lady of Khartoum, a series of duets between the Boston
guitarists Garrison Fewell and Eric Hofbauer, is a lesson in advanced
harmonics as well as a tour of global improvised music. You hear
Louisiana, Africa, and the Middle East in these songs crafted from
two guitars and a boxful of percussive toys. It’s ecelctic,
that’s for sure.
—Steve Greenlee, JazzTimes
Two criminally undersung guitarists meet for a gentle but probing
series of duets on The Lady of Khartoum...a love song to
the guitar, in all its idiomatic strangeness, by two fine practicioners.
And it’s a vibrant, imaginative, and—wait for it—fun
—Jason Bivins, Cadence
Tracks like “Dogon Delta Blues” and “Devil at
the Salang Pass” are adventurous and quirky, exploring the
boundaries of the guitar’s sonic possibilities. “Farsighted
Friendship”, a John Tchicai composition (Fewell is a long-time
collaborator), is a fitting closing tune, beautiful and contemplative.
—Karen Hogg, AllAboutJazz-New York
The Fewell/Hofbauer duo has issued a fascinating CD, The Lady
of Khartoum, with a program that blends influences as far-flung
as Mississippi Delta Blues, the villages of West Africa, and the
—Richard Kamins, Hartford Courant