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Chris Kelsey & Dom Minasi - Duets NYC-Woodstock (2015)

23-10-2015, 17:02
Music | Jazz

Chris Kelsey & Dom Minasi - Duets NYC-Woodstock (2015)

Artist: Chris Kelsey & Dom Minasi
Title Of Album: Duets NYC-Woodstock
Year Of Release: 2015
Genre: Jazz
Label: Tzazz Krytyk
Format: MP3
Quality: 320 kbps, 44.1 Khz
Total Time: 58:50
Total Size: 139 MB
Covers: Front

01. What Is This Thing Called Love (5:25)
02. Feels Like Rain In China (9:54)
03. For My Father (9:05)
04. Quick Response (4:53)
05. I Who Have Nothing (5:46)
06. Into The Night (6:19)
07. Dizzy Lizzie (5:44)
08. When Your Dreams Come Rue (7:40)
09. Softly As In A Morning Sunrise (3:59)

Duets: NYC/Woodstock finds Minasi in the company of another singular saxophone artist—Chris Kelsey. This album, brewing for about a decade in the mind of each man, is the first duo date for Kelsey since he encountered trombonist Steve Swell on Observations (CIMP, 1996). And what a duo date this is. Kelsey manages to be both co-conspirator and foil to Minasi. He brings clarity and focus to the picture via melodic seeds, but none of his gestures are predictable; some of those seeds grow or mutate and others are blown away, never to be developed, seen, or heard from again.

This album proves to be the most listener-friendly of the three dates under discussion here, due in no small part to the way that Kelsey regulates the music. There's lots of ferocious free play and wonky blowing to be found here, but there's also melodic heart in this music. Kelsey brilliantly toys with a motif while projecting puckish charm ("Blues Ultimatum"), plays with a slightly Monk-ish thought before things go awry ("Memories Of Being Very Angry"), and twists and contorts stable ideas ("Say What?). Minasi, every bit as fierce and zany as usual, is capable of engaging in call and response dialogue, delivering brittle rejoinders, and going completely off the rails in a single performance ("Di Dow").

There's beauty in the way these two men occasionally disengage, letting their individual personality traits shine through on their own respective terms, but engagement is more of the norm here. It's plainly evident in the way these two marry the quirky, the angular, the structured, and the free while conjuring thoughts of The Twilight Zone ("Rod Serling"), and it's patently obvious when relatively mellow thoughts lead to intense ideas and wailing passages ("Tip Toe"). Dom Minasi and Chris Kelsey are a simpatico duo if ever there was one. ~Dan Bilawsky

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