DOMINIC DUVAL / JOE MCPHEE – Rules Of Engagement, Vol.2

(Drimala)

There are various instances in jazz where opulence prevails, saturating us with meaningless optimism and submissive corporate immovability. Duval and McPhee are far away from all this: their heartfelt exchange of sapiently paced, thoughtful melodies sounds like there’s still hope for all of us to carve a personal niche in life, just to gain a few minutes to think hard. McPhee’s soprano has a rubicund tone that only decades of total commitment to playing can develop; nevertheless, he’s able to fire a few serious body shots when necessary. Duval’s mastery is reinforced by his capacity of transforming convolutions and spirals into cool-headed, soul stirring exaltations of acoustic spaces while gracing his fretless board with aleatory fingerings and quarter-tone momentariness. Once again, “The art of the duet” is shown in all its spread, a good antidote against ear pollution.

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