The title of this duet recording between the trumpeter Randy Sandke and the pianist Dick Hyman couldn’t be more apt. For these two wide-ranging musicians, it’s always now and again-both men have established careers that routinely straddle the present and the past with dependable authority and elegance. A satisfying encounter like Now and Again reasserts their mutual embrace of the jazz tradition as well as their persistent creativity; there’s nothing that one player can throw that the other can’t catch, and then joyfully expand upon. It doesn’t hurt that both keyboardist and hornman sound very much at the top of their games.
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