Bill Coon and Oliver Gannon
Two Much Guitar!
Oliver Gannon - guitar
Bill Coon - guitar
Darren Radtke - acoustic bass
David Robbins - drums
Interplay and communication is what Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon are all about as they play off each other and have a great time doing it!
The band’s critically acclaimed debut CD Two Much Guitar showcases the sparks that fly between these two guitarists and the conversational quality and intimacy the duo achieves in a live setting. Recently Two Much More! has received even more favourable reviews as the band just keeps evolving.
Bill Coon, a Juno nominated was awarded Jazz Guitarist of the Year in 2009 while Juno award winner Oliver Gannon was chosen Jazz Guitarist of the Year in 2003.
While the group showcases the two virtuoso guitarists, acoustic bassist Darren Radtke and drummer Dave Robbins round out the quartet and add their own incredible supportive and soloing talents to the powerful combination of talent.
A mixture of classic standards and originals from Coon and Gannon are performed with verve, wit and spontaneity. Although you will hear influences Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, and Grant Green, this band has a sound all it’s own.
Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon have performed together to enthusiastic audiences throughout British Columbia and appear regularly at Vancouver’s clubs to sold-out houses.
The group has been exploring new repertoire drawn from the Duke Ellington-Billy Strayhorn songbook, while Bill and Oliver continue to collaborate on new compositions and arrangements as heard on their new CD Two Much More! (Cellar Live June 2015)
OLIVER GANNON & BILL COON
TWO MUCH M0RE!
Oliver Gannon, Bill Coon (g); Darren Radtke (b); Dave Robbins(d). Vancouver, 2015.
(Cellar Live 11815)
Brian Robinson – Jazz Journal
This disc was a revelation – two veteran guitarists of whom I was previously unaware enjoying themselves in relaxed and intriguing fashion. With exemplary support from bass and drums, the swing factor is never absent. Gannon's sense of melody and swing comes from the left speaker whilst Bill Coon's more harmonic approach, which can be appreciated on Tones For St Joan, comes from the right. The four Ellington/Strayhorn numbers on the CD get virtuoso treatments of which those illustrious gentlemen would surely have approved. So much great music here: listen to the way they dig into The End 0f A Love Affair. A very possible candidate for the 2015 top 10.
Stuart Broomer – The Whole Note 2015
There’s an infectious joy about Oliver Gannon and Bill Coon’s Two Much More! (Cellar Live CL011815 cellarlive.com), the elite Vancouver guitarists commemorating the decade-old launch of their project Two Much Guitar! with a studio session accompanied by bassist Darren Radtke and drummer Dave Robbins. Gannon is a propulsive swinger with a fuller, bright, hard-edged sound who generates continuous melodic flow; Coon is a subtler, more elusive musician, floating over the beat with a glassy, slightly muted sound, more focused on harmonic invention. What matters most, though, is their evident pleasure in one another’s musical company as they alternately lead and accompany in a program studded with masterful renditions of classic songs, many of them ballads like Billy Strayhorn’s Chelsea Bridge, Johnny Mandel’s Emily and Ellington’s In a Sentimental Mood, before closing with Bobby Timmons’ Moanin’.