Michael Moore & Fred Hersch: This We Know (2008)
Monk's "Four in One" moves with characteristic zigzags and when Moore issues a delicate clarinet birdcall, as on "The Sad Bird," Hersch replies with jaunty keyboard flights that excite the air in feathered motion. "This We Know" flows gently through familiar clarinet and piano rivulets. In the same manner that "Milestones" took a previous generation and its followers for a long drive along scenic highways, this title track transports the listener through half a century of jazz. "Lee's Dream" spotlights the alto saxophone in a twisting, hustling affair; the pace is slow but the effect is one of controlled energy. Several Latin American-based pieces fit comfortably in the picture, the pair spinning the spirit of dance into their web of enchantment. Top-notch musicianship from two close friends takes this casual conversation in jazz to fruition; Hersch and Moore know how to tell a colorful story.
Track Listing: Aquellos Ojos Verdes; Bedtime Story; The Sad Bird; Four in One; Spirit of '76; Doce de Coco; This We Know; Lee's Dream; Sandwiches & Brandy; Langrage; Canzona.
Personnel: Michael Moore: clarinet (1, 3, 4, 7, 9, 11), alto saxophone (2, 5, 6, 8, 10); Fred Hersch: piano.
Record Label: Palmetto Records