Review: Rupert & Drexler – Imagination

Rupert & Drexler – IMAGINATION:  While I’m inclined to say that I haven’t listened to/reviewed these marvelous players (Richard Drexler on piano and Jeff Rupert on tenor sax), that may not be true, since they’ve played with big names like Sam Rivers, Kenny Drew, Mose Allison & many others).  On this outing, they present live performances of eight highly charged jazz pieces that will absolutely thrill any true jazz lover right down to the marrow!  The opener alone, “Without A Song“, shows their extreme talent, and makes the purchase of the album a no-brainer!

They are, hands-down, the best jazz duo I’ve heard in a very long time… the gentle ebb and flow on “Snowfall” will put you in a “winter spell”, so to speak, and capture your heart & soul for a long time to come… simple, but beautiful!  It’s easy to think “Stan Getz” or “Herbie Hancock” when you listen to their mighty mellow strains on this great song.

The album was released on January 6th, 2017, so you should be able to score your own copy soon… I can guarantee you will be playing (& replaying) all eight of the songs… my own personal favorite from this release is their rendition of the Jobim/de Moraes tune, “A Felicidade“… you won’t find true gems like this one, so get your copy while you can!  I give the duo a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) rating of 4.99.  Get more information about these great players from the online Press Kit.           Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016