In combination with Allen, Asherie entertains his love of 1930s piano (Earl Hines, Teddy Wilson) and the songbook of that era. Here are two jazz historians, choosing a period and performing a chamber duet on the best material that period has to offer. The Donaldson/White standard, "My Blue Heaven," is just antique enough to have that attractive and rich attic smell without being passé. Asherie's left hand is sure; his right: rolling thunder. He solos with perfect confidence, mixing things up with modern touches as he goes. Allen adopts a bit of a Ben Webster rasp while skillfully demonstrating a style of saxophone playing from when tenor was king. Upper West Side is two superb musicians having one very fine afternoon...
Learnin' The Blues; It Had To Be You; O Pato; Our Love Is Here To Stay; Have You Met Miss Jones?; Passion Flower; I Want To Be Happy; Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams; I'm In The Mood For Love; Love Will Find A Way; My Blue Heaven.
Ehud Asherie: piano; Harry Allen: tenor saxophone.
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