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Twobones: Spiral Stairway

Add a tight rhythm section to a front line that swings with abandon as well as taste, put them in the proper ambience, and you have the latest efforts of trombonists Danilo Moccia and Paul Haag, captured live at the Q4, a supportive club near Basel. The results could be called “Jay and Kay Redux.” Moccia & Haag have their recognizable timbres, but there the dissimilarity ends. They think alike, phrase alike, swing with equal passion and sense each other’s detours. When one itches, the other scratches, giving rise to a fascinating ESP: Effortless Swiss Precision.

When they tag a number contrapuntally, each one knows how to fill the other’s gaps. Let the rhythm section provide a vamp, and the two bones extend their thoughts without stepping on each other’s ideas. In other words, they never stray into each other’s “no slide zone.”

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