First Up - New Standard Duo: The acclaimed Jazz historian Scott Yanow writes of this debut “Drummer Eric Binder and tenor-saxophonist Robert Brooks, both of whom are based in Illinois, have stretched the idea a bit on New Standard Duo. While their improvising has its freer moments, they also stick to the framework and rhythm of the songs. When one considers that there are no chordal or harmony instruments, the fact that listeners can tell where the two musicians are in each tune shows how successful the musicians are at making every sound count, implying the chords and filling in for the “missing” instruments."
We find the album a delightful in it's simple presentation, good for an ambitious newcomer to Jazz yet familiar for those with a deeper collection.
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