Paul Dunmall & Tony Bianco: I You (2002)
The intensity and relentless energy of the Utoma Trio album (Emanem 4040) drew comparisons with the likes of John Coltrane and Rashied Ali's Interstellar Space. That comparison is even more valid here (not least because sax and drums duos are uncommon, so there are few benchmarks). The music here is freely improvisedapart from prior agreements such as they would play the second piece slower than the first because Bianco was tired!and is eloquent testimony to Dunmall's creativity; he is able to play coherent melodic lines even when the music is pouring out of him in a torrent (yes, definitely reminiscent of Trane). And Bianco is equal to the challenge of partnering him, displaying prodigious energy and sensitivity, in a virtuoso performance.
Track Listing: Eternal Dance; Bhanuh; Broken Treaty; Serpent
Personnel: Paul Dunmall, saxophones; Tony Bianco, drums
Record Label: FMR Records
Style: Modern Jazz