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Sunday, December 2, 2007

Guitar & sax duo albums

Guitar and sax duo albums are relatively rare (I mean only those two instruments, without bass or drums). The absolute best one I know is Tim Berne and Bill Frisell's "Theoretically", for which the download link can be found below. The music is not only unusual, but very compelling as well. It's a pity they didn't go any further down this avenue.

Most albums I could come up with are free improv, with the occasional Norwegian soundscapists. The only traditional jazz album with a sax-guitar duo setting is Zoot Sims & Joe Pass's "Blues For Two".

So here's the list, in random order :

Zoot Sims & Joe Pass - Blues For Two
Tim Berne & Bill Frisell - Theoretically
Evan Parker & Derek Bailey - Arch Duo
Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey - First Duo Concert; Royal Vol. 1; Moment Précieux;
Anthony Braxton & Fred Frith - Duo (Victoriaville) 2005
John Zorn & Fred Frith - The Art Of Memory
Eugene Chadbourne & John Zorn - 1977-1981
Anthony Burr and Skuli Sverisson - The Workers Institute
Mats Gustafsson & David Stackenäs - Blues
Mats Gustafsson & Paolo Angeli : Split 10" Series # 2
Nels Cline & Vinny Golia - The Entire Time
Jan Garbarek & Ralph Towner - Dis
Miroslav Tadic & Peter Epstein - Without Words
Jonas Knutsson & Johan Norberg - Norrland
Henry Kaiser & John Oswald - Improvised (Vancouver)
Jim O'Rourke & Mats Gustafsson - Xylophonen Virtuosen
Mike Murley & David Occhipinti - Duologue Vol. 2
Stefan Jaworzyn & Alan Wilkinson - In A Sentimental Mood
Carlo Actis Dato & Enzo Rocco - Pasodoble
Martin Küchen & David Stackenäs - Agape
Noël Akchoté & Bruno Meillier - S/T
Frank Lowe & Eugene Chadbourne - Don't Punk Out
Ab Baars & Terrie X - Hef

Any other suggestions?

Tim Berne & Bill Frisell's Theoretically can be downloaded from Screwgun.


Anonymous said...

Stefan Jaworzyn, Alan Wilkinson - In A Sentimental Mood

Stef said...


Anonymous said...

Martin Küchen/David Stackenäs - Agape
(Creative sources CS 035)

Stef said...

Merci Stéphane!

Anonymous said...

You're welcome.

Noël Akchoté & Bruno Meillier - S/T (SMI 1999)

Sorry, they come to mind one at a time. :-)

Anonymous said...

Frank Lowe & Eugene Chadbourne - Don't Punk Out (Emanem)


tjomus said...

Ab Baars/ Terrie X - Hef (Atavistic 2002)

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but you have a link to this?
Thanks in advance!!!!!

Anonymous said...

An interesting german guitar/sax duo: Heinz Sauer (ts) and Michael Wollny (p, keys) - it's worth a listen !
(can't leave you the links here, no ?)

best greetings & THANKS !

Anonymous said...

I was at the GW Williams,Rock & Blues & JAZZ guitar concert last night in Seattle I couldn't believe what GW Williams did, neither could 102,000 other people his jazzy blues style mixed with Rock on guitar and singing opened a whole new world of music,maybe a new style was born last night.Rock,Blues,Jazz Guitarist GW Williams Gets 45 minute Standing Ovation IN Seattle Concert

Anonymous said...

The Harmony Of Contradictions-Jack Wright & Alban Bailey 4.5 stars


matt w said...

Coming in late (trying to find out anything about the Chadbourne/Zorn 1977-1981 album) but:

Barry Wedgle/Steve Lacy: The Rendezvous
Derek Bailey/Steve Lacy: Outcome, Company 4
Masayuki Takayanagi/Kaoru Abe: Gradually Projection, Mass Projection
Masayoshi Urabe/Gary Smith: s/t
Lol Coxhill/Enzo Rocco: Fine Tuning (The Gradisca Concert)