For "Dreamsville," a theme from the old Peter Gunn TV series about a jazz-loving detective, Miller and Steve Wilson go it alone, their other four bandmates sitting this one out. Wilson, like Miller a valuable veteran sideman, has graced many groups (e.g., Chick Corea's Origin), with his fine underappreciated alto, soprano and flute work. Together they produce a wondrous track. Miller's heartfelt intro sets up Wilson's purring, deliberately paced reading of the theme on soprano, which makes room for the pianist's magnificent chordal and arpeggiated fills. Miller solos first with a sparkling sound and well-crafted, precisely articulated lines. Wilson responds in kind, mixing legato embellishments of the melody with highly expressive upper-register ascending runs, while Miller contributes succinct yet enhancing accompaniment. Wilson caps this beguiling performance with a concise, beautifully resolved coda.
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