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Monday, August 10, 2015

Trumpet duos for quiet moments

By Stef

There's nothing like a calm and subdued duo album to pass a quiet evening. The atmosphere is good and relaxed, and you can be alone or with friends, just enjoying the rest after the hectic moments of work and traffic jams and shopping and kids and ... all the rest. Sitting down, and relaxing. You want some inobtrusive music that guarantees high quality playing and subtle emotions, we found three albums that will fit the description. 

Wojciech Jachna & Ksawery Wójciński - Night Talks (Fundacja Słuchaj, 2015) ****

Wojciech Jachna on trumpet and Ksawery Wójciński on bass. In contrast to the energy and the fireworks in his collaborations with percussionist Jacek Buhl, "Night Talks" is a quiet, subdued and even melancholy album, with references that almost go back to the "cool" jazz of Chet Baker and others of the fifties, but then performed in today's spirit and with today's technique and openness. 

The accessibility, the intimacy and the freedom all combine perfectly to make this a really nice album, not one that will be a milestone in music history, but it will offer many great moments of musical joy, as it has offered me in the past few weeks.

Indeed, great music for late nights.

Listen and download from Bandcamp.

Tin-Bag - The Stars Would Be Different (Epigraph, 2015) ****

It sounds like Tin/Bag, the duo of Kris Tiner on trumpet and Mike Baggetta on guitar goes back in time, in the sense of jazz history, dropping the more adventurous attempts of their first albums. This album is like a modern "cool jazz" album, intimate, accessible and open-ended.

If you like calm evenings, with music that is welcoming and warm, I can easily recommend this one. It's the kind of album that I always expected Bill Frisell and Ron Miles to bring (i.e. a more subdued and bluesy version of "Heaven"), but I guess this is even better, because a little less polished, rawer and authentic.

Listen and download from Bandcamp.

Not Twice - Flight Plans (Epigraph, 2015) ****

By Stef

We find trumpeter Kris Tiner back in the company of two keyboard-players : Jordan Aguirre and Andrew Koeth. Even if it's a trio, it often sounds like a duo, with the keyboards creating a calm yet solid electronic background for Tiner's trumpet to soar over, in a very expansive and generous way. They combine a variety of influences to create their "sound", from traditional jazz over free jazz to ambient and electro-acoustic music. Tiner at times sounds like Lester Bowie, because of his deep bluesy tone.

Listen and download from Bandcamp.