Edward Blackwell & Karl Berger: Just Play
With this reissue, we find Berger performing on vibraphone, an African xylophone called a balafon and a darbuka (goblet-shaped drum) while the late Edward Blackwell utilized a full drum kit and an osi-drum. Essentially these duets provide yet another glimpse of Blackwell’s uncanny melodic inventions and unwavering discipline behind the kit, as the drummer sings a song or tells a story behind each maneuver and meshes nicely with Berger’s improvisations, tonalities, jazz-based themes and world-beat style rhythms. Overall, the two musicians exhibit their respective wares in laudable fashion as Just Play provides enough luster and excitement to sustain interest and serves as a noteworthy recorded document for the admirers of these two master craftsmen.
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Record Label: Emanem
Style: Modern Jazz