Marc Copland & Greg Osby: Easy Living
Round and Round (Nagel Heyer 2035)
Recorded: New York, November 30, 2002
Rating: 95/100 (learn more)
This version of "Easy Living" is very quiet and relaxed in its beginning, and Copland's piano maintains a slow, understated pace while Osby gathers momentum and intensity during his solo. The alto explores textures and harmonies in a refined way, its exposure of the theme slowly becoming a solo as its search carries on. When it stops and the piano briefly plays alone, the atmosphere hardly changes. The partners are about sound, and they play their instruments in such a personal way that one at times almost forgets the original theme just to follow them where they lead us.
Reviewer: Thierry Quénum