Dave Burrell & Tyrone Brown: Recital
Reeling back into quieter and sweeter sonorities the duo’s rendition of “You Go to My Head” once again celebrates the diversity of Burrell’s thematic affections. An open letter to the consummate drummer “Dear Mr. Roach,” shows off Brown’s composerly talents and incorporates a clutch of Monkish melodic angles. Angularity also reigns supreme on the lurching version “Caravan,” which weaves rag-like flourishes between the almost staccato rhythmic suspensions. The simplicity of “Shortnin’ Bread” is another study in contrasts and slips some with some audible hesitations from Burrell. The pianist’s own waltz “With a Little Time” re-establishes equilibrium and Burrell sounds positively resplendent in his explorations of the piece’s dark melody. Ending their concert appropriately with Trane’s “Giant Steps” the Burrell delights in the composition’s interlacing harmonic patterns comping another ragtime counter rhythm against the piece’s vertical theme while Brown sustains a bouncing rhythmic pulse. Another asset to the set is Marc Rusch’s ‘hands off’ approach to sound engineering, which allows the musicians and their instruments the space and freedom to breath and in turn creates a pristine facsimile of the live recital experience.
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Track Listing: Never Let Me Go/ Struttin
Personnel: Dave Burrell- piano; Tyrone Brown- bass. Recorded: August 9, 2000, Canton, NY.
Record Label: CIMP Records