It is a rare quality to play sensitive, lyrical and calm music without falling into the abyss of cheep sentimentalism à la Mathias Eick, and this duo does it with incredible charm. Krist Tiner on trumpet and Mike Baggetta on guitar weave nine compositions/improvisations that are performed with careful precision, without using extended techniques, using their instruments in their most traditional sense, yet with great skill. It is as if they have been reading my review of their previous album, "And Begin Again", because all experiments are taken out.
Yet the end result is far from traditional, with quite abstract pieces, full of a contemplative and somewhat sad mood, that took out all unnecessary notes and sounds leading to a rare purity of sound. There are some "americana" references, there is some Chet Baker "cool" sentiment, but these are nothing more than just ghosts of the pasts who are taking along on a journey far more modern and forward-looking.
Modern music of an unusual and warm accessibility. Beautiful.
Listen and download from Bandcamp.
There is not a great tradition of trumpet-guitar duets in jazz. You can find my list of recent albums here. There are of course some other noteworthy albums in jazz history, yet very few : Chet Baker and Philip Catherine, and Tom Harrell and Philip Catherine (each time with bass), and Jerry Gonzalez with Niño Josele on flamenco guitar (with small percussion).Suggestions are welcome.