Learn How

We need your help in 2018

Support All About Jazz All About Jazz is looking for 1,000 backers to help fund our 2018 projects that directly support jazz. You can make this happen by purchasing ad space or by making a donation to our fund drive. In addition to completing every project (listed here), we'll also hide all Google ads and present exclusive content for a full year!

110

Diane Delin/Dennis Luxion: Duality

John Kelman By

Sign in to view read count
The violin is one of those overlooked instruments in jazz, rarely heard but often memorable. From the early swing of Stephane Grappelli to the Coltrane-informed work of the late Zbigniew Seifert, from the more contemporary fusion of Jean-Luc Ponty to the stylistic breadth of Mark Feldman, the violin clearly works in an improvising context, yet it's one of those instruments that just don't seem to resonate with the broader listening public. And that's too bad, because it can be one of the most expressive, ranging from delicate and tender to sharp and aggressive. Diane Delin works at the more elegant end of the spectrum, and pianist Dennis Luxion, her musical companion on Duality , is clearly in synch with her graceful approach and lyrical disposition.

On a programme consisting of eight originals, four each from Delin and Luxion, as well as two standards and one arranged traditional Irish piece, the duo work hand-in-glove, with a refined sense of swing and pure melodic sense that makes for a completely engaging and enjoyable set. The two have worked previously on Delin's previous two releases, Origins and Talking Stick ; it was, in fact, on the latter that the two first recorded two tracks in a duo setting, and it was obvious from thje result that they were deeply sensitive to each other.

The executive producer, Gary Pasenko, recalls a magical moment from the rehearsals for this session: "After a few hours of not hearing any sounds coming from one of their rehearsals, I decided to investigate. I discovered that they were looking at the music, playing and hearing it in their minds and discussing changes without touching their instruments." This kind of empathic behaviour, where the music was being intuited without even being played, represented an auspicious beginning for what has ultimately turned into a recording of equal enchantment. From the dark and brooding "Nuage Vide" to the more cultured swing of "Controlled Skid," the duo creates a rich ambience that has precedence in the work of Bill Evans and some of Chick Corea's duo work, but has a sound all its own.

Delin favours the mid-range of the instrument, creating a sound that is never sharp or harsh. Luxion's touch is gentle but firm, with a playful left hand that brings Corea to mind, but without the Latin element. Together they create a sound that could be called chamber jazz, but is more insistently rhythmic. Even the final tune, "Parting Glass: Air & Reel," a traditional piece that Delin begins solo, ultimately ends up being more of a romp as Luxion brings in a more frolicking touch.

Duality , by strict definition, concerns the state of having two natures, but while there are two distinct personalities at work here, the end result is clearly more a union, the joining of two musical halves into one spirit, one mind. Delin and Luxion, with their unquestionable attentiveness to each other's directions, have created an album that speaks with a single voice.


Track Listing: My Melancholy Baby; Duality; Awakening; Controlled Skid; Nuage Vide; Hortaculture; I Didn't Know What Time It Was; Patience; Lou's Blues; Tangold; The Parting Glass: Air & Reel

Personnel: Diane Delin (violin), Dennis Luxion (piano)

Title: Duality | Year Released: 2004 | Record Label: Blujazz Productions


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read Bricks CD/LP/Track Review Bricks
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 17, 2017
Read Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns CD/LP/Track Review Makes the Heart to Sing: Jazz Hymns
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Song of No Regrets CD/LP/Track Review Song of No Regrets
by Jack Bowers
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Sounding Tears CD/LP/Track Review Sounding Tears
by John Sharpe
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Lighthouse CD/LP/Track Review Lighthouse
by Glenn Astarita
Published: December 16, 2017
Read Kill The Boy CD/LP/Track Review Kill The Boy
by Chris Mosey
Published: December 16, 2017
Read "Ranky Tanky" CD/LP/Track Review Ranky Tanky
by James Nadal
Published: August 13, 2017
Read "For the Love of You" CD/LP/Track Review For the Love of You
by Jack Bowers
Published: October 21, 2017
Read "Mandala" CD/LP/Track Review Mandala
by Glenn Astarita
Published: September 28, 2017
Read "Akua's Dance" CD/LP/Track Review Akua's Dance
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 21, 2017
Read "Live At The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival" CD/LP/Track Review Live At The Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival
by Troy Dostert
Published: January 3, 2017
Read "Inside The Moment" CD/LP/Track Review Inside The Moment
by James Nadal
Published: June 21, 2017

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!