The album contains pieces written by both Peacock and Crispell, and highly inventive, utterly absorbing piano and bass solos. Highlights range from the sublimely melodic (the Peacock-penned "Lullaby") and lyrically pensive (Crispell's "Goodbye") to the athletically bracing (Crispell's "Patterns") and folksong-like (Peacock's moving "The Lea"). Then there are the duo's freely improvised pieces of astonishing cohesiveness, including "Blue", "Leapfrog" and the entrancing title track, "Azure". That was named by Crispell, coming from "the sense of spaciousness I felt with the music," she says. "The image of an open blue sea or sky came to me."
Azure was recorded in upstate New York, home territory for both musicians. Along with their shared geography and longstanding musical ties, Crispell and Peacock have in common a certain life rhythm. "We have a connection via meditation and Buddhism," the pianist points out. "We have even meditated together while on tour."
Personnel: Marilyn Crispell (piano), Gary Peacock (double bass)
- Bass Solo
- Waltz After David M
- The Lea
- Piano Solo
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