Smile (Motema 2008)
Gene Bertoncini & Roni Ben-Hur
Roni Ben-Hur - guitar
Gene Bertoncini - guitar
1. Killing Me Softly
2. I Concentrate on You
4. That's Earl, Brother
5. You Are a Story
6. Anna's Dance
7. Out of This World
8. Besame Mucho
9. Sofia's Butterfly
10. Set Blue
Press on "Smile"
"Sophisticated and lyrical" – Nat Chinen , New York Times
"The dazzling dexterity and tasteful elegance of these duets is admirable." – Geoffrey Himes, Washington Post.
"A lyrically meditative dialogue" – Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal
"An eminently special guitar duo." – Ira Gitler
"One gets the feeling quite early that you're being treated to a gem of a performance from two master guitarists."
– Edward Blanco, EJazz
"Smile captures, for the first time on record, a stunning duet performances from two masters of jazz guitar, Gene Bertoncini and Roni Ben-Hur."
"This is a terrific release…each of the ten tracks is soothing and full of light."
– Dr. Judith Schlesinger, All About Jazz
"The tunes themselves become secondary to experiencing the entrancing sound that comes from the multi-layered dialogue between Ben-Hur's hollow-body electric and Bertoncini's nylon-string acoustic."
– J. Hunter, All About Jazz
"Gorgeous from beginning to end." – The Buffalo News
"A joyful outing" – Philip Booth, Between the Grooves
"Simply magnificent." – Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
"A warm and delightfully woven collection of duets" – Mike Joyce, Jazz Times
"A thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing album from two excellent guitarists."
– Michael G. Nastos, All Music Guide
"Bertoncini and Ben-Hur draw just about every last bit of emotion from the tune as they trade exquisite solo/comping passages."
– Mark Sleski, EJazz
"Together Bertoncini and Ben-Hur create some intimate but artful jazz." – J.B. Spins
"The music is beautiful and, dare one say, therapeutic." – Karen Hogg, All About Jazz, NY