Dave Burrell and Billy Martin: Consequences (2006)
Burrell deftly skates over the keys, creating right-handed pirouettes, while Martin keeps things grounded on Monsoon. With delicate cymbal and gong work shining up Burrell's repeated phrases, "New Species feels vaguely Balinese. On "Moonbows Burrell works an almost martial bass while Martin keep busy with brushes. A dreamy interlude with Burrell tickling the treble keys dissolves by the coda into an all-out assault that gracefully fades.
With his foot firmly on the forte pedal, Burrell lets the piano ring on the appropriately titled Suspension. Martin patters solo for the first couple minutes, until the pianist finds the rhythm in the bass keys. After running their course, the two explode into inspired experimentation. Burrell and Martin work rhythmically off-kilter to create the spiky closer, "Kuliana.
For these two master improvisers, nothing seems to be impossible, and that's just the border-less territory they seek to map.
Track Listing: Monsoon; New Species; Moonbows; Suspension; Kuliana.
Personnel: Dave Burrell: piano; Billy Martin: drums, percussion
Record Label: Amulet
Style: Modern Jazz