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The piano and guitar duo of David Zoffer and Adam Larrabee explores many contrasting aspects of the jazz art on Courage In Closeness, recorded live in Boston. They interpret originals in such a manner that expression takes over and the blues weaves itself throughout. Zoffer delights in drawing together music from various historical epochs. Early Gershwin and raggedy Joplin may appear on the same bill as Garfield The Cat or Bill Cosby. These themes appeal to a broad audience. Larrabee slides and tosses out wah-wahs in a vocal manner. Unique in his use of clear, fluid and seamless phrases, the guitarist provides memorable melodic segments. Together, the duo re-interprets Chopin and Scott Joplin, drawing from a wide range. A personal favorite, “Seasonal Beards” draws from the tango magicianship of Astor Piazzolla. Larrabee and Zoffer dive right into the heart of each separate area of music. The title track opens deep and mysterious, with both artists showing evidence of contemporary as well as studied applications. Swinging gently through jazz and blues simultaneously, the duo evokes a sentiment that unites deep, harmonic rifts with soaring, vocal-like airs. One piece launches bluegrass; another delights in swinging through the twentieth century. In all, these two young lions have come up with a winning performance. Audio and video clips are available at www.davidzoffer.com .
Track Listing: Talk to Me; Here Comes Spider; For JMZ; Need You So; Chopin
Noc-turned; Seasonal Beards; Escape Artist; Courage in Closeness;
Personnel: David Zoffer- piano; Adam Larrabee- guitar.
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.