|Tags:||smooth jazz jazz instrumental acoustic guitar new age|
|Decades:||1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Formed in 1981, Acoustic Alchemy first found acclaim as the vehicle for Greg Carmichael (1 January 1953, London, England; nylon string guitar) and Nick Webb (b. Nicholas Webb, 1954, Manchester, Lancashire, England, d. 5 February 1998; steel string guitar). The duos blend of instrumental music was neither jazz nor pop, but contained elements of both, together with flamenco, reggae, and folk. Webb was a child actor who studied at the London Academy Of Music And Dramatic Art, and was originally musically influenced by John Martyn and Pentangle, running a folk club in Berkhamsted. After studying jazz at Leeds College Of Music, Webb spent a couple of years attempting to become a pop songwriter. Increasingly drawn towards jazz, he founded Acoustic Alchemy in 1981 with classical guitarist Simon James (b. 13 March 1954, York, England) in the early 80s before linking up with Carmichael in 1985. Carmichael had studied classical guitar at the London College of Music and...