Always attuned to unusual choices that keep his listeners guessing, guitarist Eric Hofbauer knows no bounds when it comes to his repertoire. One is as likely to hear a Cyndi Lauper or Nirvana cover as something by Thelonious Monk or Charlie Parker. And his stylistic approach on the guitar is similarly idiosyncratic, with a gutbucket blues as likely to spill forth as something more spikily avant-garde. This unpredictable creativity is once again on display on Remains of Echoes, an enticing duo release with drummer Dylan Jack, that features Hofbauer’s prodigious technique and distinctive genre-crossing acumen. It’s also a highly personal album, in that both players are drawing from sources that shaped them deeply as musicians. The fact that the compositions encompass a wide swath of both the jazz tradition and the pop music world speaks volumes about the far-ranging origins of inspiration that have formed these artists.
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