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Friday, August 26, 2011

Tim Daisy & Ken Vandermark - The Conversation (MultiKulti, 2011) ***½

By Stef

What I wrote about last year's duo album "Light On The Wall" by drummer Tim Daisy and clarinettist/saxophonist Ken Vandermark could almost entirely apply to this album. This is their third duo album.

In short : it is free and it funks. It is jazz in its purest form : two artists enjoying the fun of lyricism interacting with rhythm, conjuring up emotions of happiness, but also of sadness. The sublety is not only in the finesse of the emotional or sonic shadings that you get with lots of new music today, but also in the straightforward improvisation, with the subtlety being fully present in both musicians' maximal use of their skills, with ear-candy to boot.

Not ground-breaking, but highly enjoyable.

The album was recorded at the Velvet Lounge, Chicago, on May 6th, 2010 and at Elastic, Chicago, on March 3rd, 2011. You can view an excerpt of the latter on Youtube.

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© stef