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Seamus Blake/Chris Cheek With Reeds Ramble: Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off

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Two-tenor frontlines are thin on the ground, but there is a small tradition. Back in the day, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis/Johnny Griffin and Al Cohn/Zoot Sims had good runs. Of the “Top 50 Tenor Sax Albums of All Time” (according to the June 2012 issue of this magazine), five were two-tenor collaborations.

Seamus Blake and Chris Cheek are so skilled and natural in the genre they should run clinics on the subject. In this, their second project together, they explore a wide range of double-tenor possibilities: melodic and harmonic entanglements; conversational depth; occasional fruitful competition.

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