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From the Two Duos project, features two highly acclaimed improvising soloists, Oleg Kireyev, a Russian saxophonist juxtaposed to the American trombonist, Chris Washburne. Kireyev will appear with Klein at the UCC performances. The American premiere will took place on April 9, 2010 at Klavierhaus in New York City.
Klein said, “Accompanying these two great musicians is a challenge.” He continued, “First and foremost, duo playing is an ongoing conversation between two musicians. One musician speaks then the other, then sometimes both at the same time. As the accompanist, I have to be completely supportive of their interpretations and at the same time, make sure that my musical voice is emerging.
Chris Washburne and Oleg Kireyev are both master musicians. Washburne has an infinite musical palate whose sound on the trombone is gorgeous, rough, brash, soft, serene, hot, cold, and all of the colors in between. Kireyev is deeply rooted in traditional European melodies. His saxophone sound is dark, romantic, warm and lush.
In describing duo performance, Klein said, “Both players are always totally exposed. The accompanist has to lay down the harmony, rhythm, fill in the spaces and be ready to solo. When the accompanist turns soloist, the solo instrument becomes the orchestra (one instrument orchestra) playing the inner voices, adding color, rhythm and nuance to back the piano solo.” He added, “Another observation is that when I am playing, I don’t feel like the composer of the music. I am simply interpreting it as any improvising musician would, being in the moment.”
Label - Jazzheads
Release Date - May 11, 2010
Photographer - Lena Adasheva
Graphic Design - Richard Mantel
Recorded at Lo Fish Studios in New York, with John Hopkins as Recording Engineer Mixed and Mastered by Gene Paul (Les Paul’s son) and Jamie Polaski
Liner notes by Howard Mandel, president of the Jazz Journalists Society