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Jay Ashby/Steve Davis: Mistaken Identity

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Sure, the fine print on this double trombone session is helpful. Pan right to hear Jay Ashby in the mix; pan left to hear Steve Davis. But after isolating the principal identities on Mistaken Identity with a little knob-twirling, just sit back and enjoy this cozy brass summit, as the two veteran players engage in a delightful series of collaborations inspired by both original tunes and pop standards. The mood is relaxed, the harmonies burnished, and the camaraderie couldn’t be more apparent.

In fact, among the album highlights is a take on Neal Hefti’s theme for The Odd Couple that illustrates just how fluidly and soulfully Ashby and Davis complement each other. Such close rapport won’t come as news to those familiar with Ashby and Davis’ work with Slide Hampton and the World of Trombones and other ensembles.

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