Thursday, June 28, 2012

Remi Alvarez / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, First Duet Live

Tenorist Remi Alvarez and bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten have been getting increasing attention on these pages, mostly because they are important emerging voices in the new jazz/avant/improvisational scene.

So it is only natural that I cover their collaboration First Duet Live (JaZt Tapes CD-034). It's the two in a live appearance from 2010, at the SMART Art Project Space, San Antonio, Texas.

So much for the preliminaries. The two are in burning form for this 45-minute performance. Ingebrigt can smoke you, can note you, can coax a flurry of sounds from his bass and he does that nicely here. Remi is a strong voice on the tenor and shows you why he is a player who is coming through with a great sound and inventive originality.

It's a fruitful collaboration. Free-spirited avant aficionados like myself will find it excellent listening. Hey, next time a trio with a hip drummer?

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