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