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“Jazzer Lewis has released CDs of solo guitar, trio and quartet formats, guitar duos with Steve Abshire, and accompanying vocalists. Here, he backs singer Barbara Martin in a set mixing originals with standards ranging from Burke-Van Heusen’s “But Beautiful” to Wes Montgomery’s “West Coast Blues.” Bassist Paul Lanosch joins on some cuts, but Lewis is more than capable of simultaneously providing bass lines, chords, and fills. – DF”
“The 6th season of the 2nd Stage series at the Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen kicked off recently with cool jazz and blues from Virginians Barbara Martin and Vincent Lewis. Their simpatico vibe may have something to do with the fact that they’ve been dating for about a year. On stage, Barbara handles the vocals, while both play laid back acoustic-electric guitars. They cover standards and some originals. Barbara, in Virginia for over 20 years, feels like the state is a good place for jazz, although it may take a little searching. It is good enough for them to make a living via their music without having “day jobs.” They do take their show on the road and have a New Zealand tour in February.”
“Lewis uses his considerable skills to provide a seamless and complex carpet of sound over which Martin's sturdy high alto may slide and glide. The originals, "Fresh Air" and "Start of a Beautiful Song" exist homogeneously with the standards, complementing them with their "newness." Martin shines brightly on "But Beautiful" and "The Nearness of You," demonstrating her peerless ballads chops. The Great American Songbook and the music it inspires remain a sturdy and durable corpus for creativity. That is what Vince Lewis and Barbara Martin prove with Fresh Air.”
“Lewis has come onto my radar during the last few years, and his nimble guitar artistry continues to impress. Martin is a singer who effectively combines her natural feel for lyric interpretation with passionate vocalizing, resulting is convincing readings of each selection. She also happens to be an interesting lyricist, whether setting words to her own melodies or those of Lewis. This is a very personal recording that has the effect of making the listener feel that the musicians have directed their efforts directly to him or her.”