Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Bernt and Arne

Like Archie Shepp and Pharoah Sanders, Bernt Rosengren has shifted to playing more, but not quite, conventionally in his later years, which gives you a better perspective on just how skilled all three of these guys are.

"Face to Face" from Stockholm's Dragon label pairs Rosengren on tenor sax and flute with the great Swedish alto saxophonist and clarinetist Arne Domnerus in a quintet including outstanding pianist Jan Lundgren. It's a bunch of well-done straight-ahead playing with improvised flourishes that keep things interesting.

Reminds me of an Evidence CD I have with Phil Woods on alto and Lew Tabackin on tenor in a quintet with Jimmy Rowles, not too creatively titled "Phil Woods/Lew Tabackin." I like both disks.

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