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Steve Cohen: Duo Personality

Just down the road apiece in Milwaukee, a Bell disciple is staking out some musical territory of his own. On Duo Personality (Kanie Records 1001; 49:20) Steve Cohen flashes virtuosic technique and a heart full of soul on a series of intimate duets with guitarist Peter Roller. In this revealing setting they strike a special rapport on inspired covers of Taj Mahal (“Corrina,” “Good Morning Miss Brown”), Robert Johnson (“Stones In My Pathway,” “Walkin’ Blues”) and Brownie McGhee (“Treated Wrong,” “The Way I Feel”) as well as affecting originals like Cohen’s “Homeless Blues” and “What Is Love All About” and Roller’s “Blue Fog.” A refreshing twist to an old tradition.

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