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Robert H. Levi
Positive Feedback Online, May 2015

Smoke and Mirror’s Vanish, Vol. 2 is a tour de force in elegant, wide-ranging melodic percussion performance. I love it! Truly addictive, it is musically entertaining and original. The six artists sound like sixteen. What an adventure in style and virtuosity. A sonic masterpiece! Recorded to perfection, and great fun! Recommended, for sure. © 2015 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review



Robert H. Levi
Positive Feedback Online, January 2015

This is quite a recording, and quite a group. [The ensemble] play with such amazing precision and energy you just cannot turn away. This is surprising stuff with reference sound to boot. Smoke and Mirrors is a very intimate recording with flawless sound. © 2015 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review



David W. Robinson
Positive Feedback Online, January 2015

…“Udacrep Akubrad” immediately caught my attention with its musical tones, syncopations, dissonances, and layers of rhythm. An excellent choice for a curtain-raiser…[and] it goes on for nearly nine minutes, which was plenty of time for me to become contemplative.

The final track is Alejandro Viñao’s “Book of Grooves IV, Dance Groove Drifting.” Rich vibe and tympanic tones are woven with great artistry, both embodying and exploring the meaning of groove in percussive composition and performance.

This is simply outstanding…a percussive recording for the ages, one that you’ll revisit again and again. © 2015 Positive Feedback Online Read complete review



Lynn René Bayley
Fanfare, May 2014

When putting on a CD of a percussion ensemble, one is never sure if you should turn down the volume and/or reach for the earplugs. There seems to be a real vogue for loud, banging-type music nowadays, and I for one run from such sounds. Happily, the group Smoke & Mirrors lays their emphasis into the sounds of marimbas, which happen to have a pleasant sound. Banging on drums is secondary to this very talented ensemble.

The liner notes extol the virtues of the recorded sound, created by “using vacuum tube microphones recorded directly to two tracks.” Whatever the technology involved, the sound is realistic and clean, with just enough room ambience to give some space around the instruments without dulling their timbral qualities. All in all, a fascinating disc from this multi-talented ensemble. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review



George Adams
American Record Guide, May 2014

This is a nice record by a relatively new ensemble and label, both of which show promise. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Grego Applegate Edwards
Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review, March 2014

All is well played and retains listener interest through the wide range of works and the varied sound worlds presented. It is highly engaging and rather delightful. Recommended for those percussion afficionados out there and for those who like rhythmic tonal music that speaks to us today. © 2014 Gapplegate Classical-Modern Music Review Read complete review





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