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Azure

Format:
Compact Disc (Audio)
No of Discs:
1
Availability:
Available
Release Date:
17-06-2013
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Barcode:
602537088690
Packaging:
Jewel Case
Catalog Number:
3708869
Azure
Azure

Description

Azure features beautiful duets by two great improvisers whose compatibility was proven long ago. Gary Peacock and Marilyn Crispell made outstanding music together in Marilyn's trio with the late Paul Motian on ECM albums including Nothing ever was, anyway and Amaryllis - each a modern classic - but their duo project also has an extensive history, until now undocumented on disc. With their shared sense of lyricism, their individual compositional styles and their profound background in free playing, Peacock and Crispell are exceptional musical partners.

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)

Tracks

  1. Name
  2. Patterns
  3. Goodbye
  4. Leapfrog
  5. Bass Solo
  6. Waltz After David M
  7. Lullaby
  8. The Lea
  9. Blue
  10. Piano Solo
  11. Puppets
  12. Azure
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