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Duos at Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Jack DeJohnette

Within the 300-plus events comprising this year’s Vancouver International Jazz Festival, there were strands of programming that could be followed through the traditionally 10-day festival (stretched to 11 this year for Canada Day celebrations), yielding a wealth of information about the current state of a subgenre or a fundamental ensemble configuration. Such was the case with a series of duo concerts.

If, as the Canadian critic Barry Tepperman once wrote, that solo concerts are like walking a tightrope without a net, then duets are like two walkers approaching each other from opposite ends of the tightrope. One false move by either, and they both fall. Luckily, there were no fatalities this year. There were a few close calls, however, and not all of them were intended.

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