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Andy LaVerne & John Abercrombie: Live From New York

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Just piano and guitar: Can Andy LaVerne and John Abercrombie go on meeting this way? If we’re lucky, they will. Their occasional alliances, in both duo and quartet settings, go back 20 years now and continue to produce quietly compelling programs blending vintage pop standards with original compositions.

If there’s nothing particularly competitive about how these jazz veterans interact, there are absolutely no signs of complacency. The players are alert, the arrangements are spacious and the guitar and piano improvisations flow freely, enhanced by the subtle harmonic input that each musician provides the other-or when pianist LaVerne’s left hand is actively supporting his right.

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