Ran Blake & Jaki Byard: Tea for Two


Tea for Two


Ran Blake (piano) and Jaki Byard (piano)


Improvisations (Soul Note 121022)

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Ran Blake (piano), Jaki Byard (piano).

Composed by Vincent Youmans & Irving Caesar


Recorded: Milano, May 25-26, 1981


Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

One thing is for sure, at least: these two may not be having tea, but they are having a lot of fun, and from the highly playful intro on, too. They explore their keyboards and the styles they love and have mastered (stride among them, of course). They share bits of the melody, split roles and registers, like two longtime partners playing witty and innocent tricks to an old song they adore, after all. And if these two didn't give us so much pleasure, there's a good chance we'd be jealous of them. Because where on earth can one remain a child at play forever, except in front of two grand pianos?

Reviewer: Thierry Quénum

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