Intimately impressive duo jazz Dave Anderson and Mike Wingo – PATHWAYS: I very much enjoyed Dave and Mike when I reviewed their “Conversations” album (way back when)… their latest effort together is one of the most intimately impressive duo jazz sets I’ve listened to (yet) in 2020… before we get started, though, here’s a shot of Dave performing the sensitive and beautiful “Lament” from the album…
…there are a few other videos when you SUBSCRIBE to Dave’s YouTube channel, with some great piano performances.
“Eb Minor Motion” was a tune that surprised me, actually… it starts off just as you might think a tune with that title would, but right at the 2:23 mark, the duo takes you off (most pleasantly) into the stratosphere… I predict that this song will be getting some MAJOR airplay!
The duo’s arrangement of Miles’s “Milestones” makes for one of the most unique performances of that tune you will ever listen to… the recording balance between Dave’s piano and Mike’s percussion is pure perfection.
I fell in love with Dave’s original, “Deep Blues“, before the third bar was completed… in my experience, it’s quite difficult for piano/percussion duos to record so that one instrument isn’t “hogging” the sound, but it’s clear that both players are totally sensitive to that need for balance… one of the very best duos I’ve ever listened to!
What made me choose “Fragile” as my personal favorite of the dozen dazzling songs offered up is the high level of energy it expresses… a wonderful closer for a lively album.
I give Dave and Mike a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.98. Get more information and/or purchase the album on Dave’s page for the release. Rotcod Zzaj
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