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Acoustic Alchemy

During the late '80s and '90s, Nick Webb and Greg Carmichael produced a series of mellow albums classified as adult contemporary music, though the guitarists encompass the range of jazz and new age as well. Both grew up in England during the '60s listening to pop/rock, though Webb studied jazz guitar at Leeds College of Music while Carmichael focused on classical guitar at the London College of Music. Originally formed by Webb and Simon James, Acoustic Alchemy later became Webb and Carmichael; the duo initially worked for Virgin Airlines, providing in-flight music on trans-Atlantic trips. Signed to MCA in the mid-'80s, Acoustic Alchemy released its debut album, Red Dust & Spanish Lace, in 1987.

After two subsequent releases, the duo signed with GRP in 1990. Their second GRP album, Reference Point, was nominated for a Grammy Award. Positive Thinking followed in 1998 in the wake of Webb's February 6 cancer-related death; their jazz content was quite small, but Acoustic Alchemy's albums consistently charted number one on the adult contemporary charts. By 2000, Carmichael unveiled a revamped Acoustic Alchemy that included longtime sidemen like bassist Frank Felix, guitarists John Parsons and Miles Gilderdale, and keyboardist Terry Disley, as well as new members such as keyboardist Tony White. That year's The Beautiful Game was the new lineup's first release. AArt followed in 2001 and proved to be the group's biggest splash, landing them another Grammy nomination that year.

Empowered by that success, the band continued to tour and, when they had time, record. The resulting two albums, 2003's Radio Contact and 2005's American/English (still on Higher Octave), further solidified the new lineup and ushered in the release of the concert/documentary DVD Best Kept Secret in 2006. 2007 found Acoustic Alchemy collaborating with Higher Octave labelmates Down to the Bone for the album This Way. In 2011, Acoustic Alchemy marked the band's 30th anniversary with the release of the album Roseland. ~ John Bush
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They are my "go to" favorite!
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Took my to see them perform at thr Soiled Dove a couple of years ago. Was not disappointed
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Enjoyed them 'live' as well & got a signed copy...alway s a fav!
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My first time seeing them perform was at this years Seabreeze Jazz Festival at PCB they were awesome I hope they return for next years Festival.... . .
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marksil67
Just saw them last weekend at Jazz Alley in Seattle. So good!
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Always loved these guys
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One of the best tracts in the history of SJ. Nick Webb. RIP
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Wonderful
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Loved this band since the late 80's. On the day Nick Webb died, the smooth jazz radio station in Cleveland played their song Silent Partner in honor of Webb. I cried. Jazz fan
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I saw them and got their autograph on an album. awesome band
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frandigoart
This group is awesome!! Great music!!!!! Great Sound!!
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This is one of my favorite cuts on the cd but love their music
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soujrnr
Stumbled across their music years ago by accident and fell in love immediately! ! I love their sound!!!
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Against the Grain and Back on the Csse -- two amazing early albums
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Huge void w/out Nick.
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Masters of their Craft, from Day One!!
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Dance music, great guitarist playing, tight group
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Love them.
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I discovered Nick and Greg in '88 and they became my new Beatles. Saw them in concert only once at the Fine Line in Mpls. Nick's death hit me hard, but I continue to follow them.
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these guys are smellow
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sesteaga
Very nice and soothing. Great mixture of Spanish & Jazz.
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smoooooth. best group of the jazz section
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One of the best live performances I have ever seen. Such skill and flow, the whole band kills it. I was mindblown
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If you've never seen them in concert, GO! They play for three hours straight, with their heart and soul. Always several encores. Exceptional experience every time.
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One of the greatest & most important acoustic guitar duos in contemporary jazz! Simply love to listen to them play. :)
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Love acoustic alchemy for 22 years now. I have seem play live 3 times. The thing is I accidentally grabbed a tape they had in 1992 and have been one of there biggest fans since.
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Love Acoustic Alchemy.
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Com in forth ,from my heart , given love hope in it don't ever stop
take as it is , but don't forget , it seems to cost a lot ,
EVEN with , this life in shambels and my broken heart
Still given love , in a song , come on,
N sing along ,
Given it love from my broken heart
Given her love from a broken heart
Given her love she broke my already broken heart
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perkins8923
lovely
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Don't read this, because it actually works.You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday, by the love of your life.Tomorro w will be the best day of your life. However, if you don't post this, you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading this, don't stop.This is so scary. Post this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done, press f6 and your lovers name will come up on the screen .This is so scary, because it works.
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aj5954
The Cosmic Ocean never offered smoother sailing!!!
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jjrice.2010
So relaxing.... . . . . . . (!)
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Sure ur right, no messin...;-)
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Say Yeah - dudes - awesome!
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Love the rifts of the guitar Easy to make love to my woman
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Seen them in Maryland, Virginia, Florida (twice), and London (at Pizza Express during the holidays). Next stop? Texas!
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Absolutely one of the most talented guitar duos in the planet, such unique chemistry!
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Being a Metheny fan, I always wanted to like this band but....
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Please add Against the Grain, Back on the Case, Positive Thinking, and The New Edge to the discography.
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charliechris t i a n
14 years ago while in Ireland a friend introduced AA to me. I've driven 1000s of miles, with their music ushering in new landscapes and skylines since then. AA are just above the parapet!
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mike.mcgaugh e y 2
Try Red Dust & Spanish Lace - One of their early best - Saw them in the early days at Caravan of dreams - MISS THE BAND AND THE VENUE
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Acoustic Alchemy...yo u just know when a track is theirs...exc e l l e n t .
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Wonderful
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LOVE ROSELAND COVER ::' I 'M A ROSICRUCIAN MYSTIC €€€€€€€€€€€€
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michaelorrie 9
I saw the old band play, but also was delighted to meet Greg and Nick (This was in the early days) and spend time with them on a couple of occasions. They were very pleasant company, as was their manager. (Can't remember the manager's name.)
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Love the group and love to share the Music. While taking a train trip I got to swap cs's with a Russian Guitarist. He said he had not heard of the group before but was impressed by the tight precision of the Guitar Leads.
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troulblec
Would have loved to have heard this group in concert...do n e s h you were so lucky to have had this opportunity, I imagine, a terrifice show and concert! Have always loved this group.
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pandora89584
Glad to know that AA is still current, only CD I've had all these years was called Blue Chip, from the early 90s ... Hope to hear more. I'll hafta listen around some. /;^)
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Just saw them last night in concert in Sellersville , PA. A great show! No flashy stage show, just the 5 band members and their instruments. They let their musical talents be the focus. I would see them again and again.
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donaldkolend a
Can't say that I recall ever hearing AA before, but I like them. This tune from Radio Contact - very good. Won't be my last time listening.
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