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Denny Zeitlin is a master. His love for this music comes shining through the notes he plays and how he rearranges the songs so you hear them anew. "Remembering Miles" is not only a tribute to the game-changing Mr. Davis but also to the elasticity and longevity of jazz. Splendid recording, sweet sound, and great music - can't be that combination.
For more information, go to www.dennyzeitlin.com.
Take a stroll through this Benny Golson tune:
The duo of Alex Harding (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet) and Lucian Ban (piano) has been together two decades. They first recorded on the CIMP label in 2002, releasing one album as a duo and two as a Quintet (including 2006's delightful "Tuba Project"). They have recorded with the electronic musician Silent Strike and with soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome on "The Romanian-American Jazz Suite." Harding has worked with Julius Hemphill's Saxophone Sextet, with the Sun Ra Arkestra, and with fellow baritone saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett's Baritone Group. He has appeared on recordings by David Lee Roth (!) and Greg Osby. Ban has led groups with violist Mat Manieri, saxophonists Evan Parker and Abraham Burton plus earlier this year, released a duo album with clarinetist Alex Simu. The pianist has also issued several recordings that reframe the music of Romanian composer George Enescu.
"Dark Blue" (Sunnyside Records) is their first duo album since 2002's "Somethin' Holy". The music ranges from exploratory ballads such as the title song and Harding's solo tribute to the late Bluiett ("H.B.") to the meditative, Erik Satie style "Chakra" and the more "open" "Tough Love." On baritone, Harding likes to mine the lower tones as well as use the "keys" to play percussion. His bass clarinet work has a lilt ("Esto") as well as a bite to it ("The Invisible Man"). Ban is never intrusive, providing excellent support plus rhythmic excitement (a touch of Chick Corea on "Black Sea") and a sense of melodic wonder as he does on his solo piece "Low Country Blue".
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Alex Harding and Lucian Ban bring there friendship, musicianship, and intelligence to the forefront on "Dark Blue". The music surrounds the listener, invites him or her in, and keeps their attention throughout. Take a chance on this album - there are many rich moments in the music.
For more information, go to www.lucianban.com or jazzbarisax.com/harding.php.
Here's the title track:
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"Pyramid Scheme" may have taken four-and-a-half years from the studio sessions to the final product but the music sounds contemporary. JC Sanford's Triocracy debut is an often exhilarating blend of sounds and styles of composition with and without improvisations. And it's fascinating to sit and listen to.
For more information, go to www.jcsanford.com and/or www.shiftingparadigmrecords.com.
Here's a track to tickle your fancy: