Bipolar: Just the Two of Us


Just the Two of Us




Euphrates, Me Jane (Two Minds Music 2M-1001)

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Jed Feuer (trumpet, flugelhorn),

Stephanie Long (soprano sax), Craig Swanson (piano), David Ostrem (bass), James Windsor-Wells (drums)


Composed by Bill Withers, Ralph McDonald & William Salter


Recorded: New York, July 2008


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

Grover Washington Jr.'s most recognizable hit has been covered countless times, but probably never like this. Jed Feuer's swinging arrangement gives this quiet storm icon a nice retrofit. David Ostrem's bass is key. His crisp lines, beginning with a quick statement of the familiar theme right at the top, set a steadfastly jazz tempo. And I when I say "jazz," I mean in the old-fashioned, prewar sense. Feuer's Satchelicious (yes, I just made up that word) trumpet doesn't even acknowledge that Dizzy ever existed. Feuer and soprano saxophonist Stephanie Long engage in call & response, and end up playing different phrases at the same time, veering to within a hair of Dixieland. Some people will claim that Smooth Jazz subverts straight jazz. If true, then payback was overdue.

Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron

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  • 1 Jed Feuer // Apr 28, 2009 at 09:18 PM
    Hello S. Victor Aaron, Jed Feuer, here. I lead the quintet, Bipolar. Not knowing it was appropriate to contact reviewers till Jim Eigo recently set me straight about that, it's taken me this long to do so. I want to thank you for your very kind words on of a month or so ago re: our version of “Just the Two of Us” from our debut CD, “Euphrates, Me Jane”. It was fascinating and elating to read your take on what we're up to. Just now I'm deciding on the content of our next album and hope you'll give it a listen when it's out. Of course, that'll be a while. But I would be eager to read more of your thoughts. In the meantime I hope we get to meet in the near future. We'll be at Iridium in NYC, Oct 21st. All the best to you, Jed ----------- 212 249 0700 c. 646 596 0838 11 East 80th Street New York, NY 10075-0139 -----------------------