The duo affectionately dissects the title tune for a full nine minutes. Locke intones the captivating melody with much respect and tenderness, as Barron feeds him rich, reinforcing chords. While Locke adds only the slightest of ornamentation, when Barron proceeds to take up the theme, the pianist embellishes it liberally above Locke's delicate, resonant comping. Barron's lyricism turns an already perfectly structured composition into something more personal and refreshingly reborn. Locke has to follow Barron's significant creation, and acquits himself quite well. His soulful phrasing and gradually building intensity of expression reach a stirring peak before he delivers yet another softly woven reading of the theme. Their glowing, pre-arranged dual coda brings to mind the equally rewarding and more familiar pairing of Gary Burton and Chick Corea.
April 22, 2009 · 0 commentsTags: duos
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