Joe McPhee & Joe Giardullo: Specific Gravity (2002)

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Multi-woodwind specialist/trumpeter, Joe McPhee also utilizes a valve trombone during these duets with fellow woodwind ace, Joe Giardullo on this outing recorded live at “WPKN” radio in Bridgeport, CT. The soloists commence the proceedings with the twenty-eight minute, “A Priori.” On this piece, McPhee and Giardullo toggle between various instruments along with a metronome like clicking pattern, which establishes a sense of time yet eventually, disappears. With that, the duo morphs an underlying sense of rhythm sans the use of any percussion instruments, via fragilely executed lines, reverberant soloing and poignant choruses. Here, Giardullo’s warmly stated fluted work serves as an equalizer of sorts as the musicians surge onward with a vibrant mix consisting of sustained notes, alternating patterns, microtones and coalescing pronouncements. Furthermore, they render a somewhat solemn and contemplative interpretation of John Coltrane’s “After The Rain.” Hence, the force of magnetism between these two master musicians is prominently displayed on this fine outing. Recommended.

Email contact: Boxholdr@aol.com

Track Listing: 1.A Priori 2.Specific Gravity 3.After The Rain 4.Sienna

Personnel: Joe McPhee: alto clarinet, soprano saxophone, valve trombone & electronics

Record Label: Boxholder Records

Style: Modern Jazz

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