Tenorist Remi Alvarez and bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten have been getting increasing attention on these pages, mostly because they are important emerging voices in the new jazz/avant/improvisational scene.
So it is only natural that I cover their collaboration First Duet Live (JaZt Tapes CD-034). It's the two in a live appearance from 2010, at the SMART Art Project Space, San Antonio, Texas.
So much for the preliminaries. The two are in burning form for this 45-minute performance. Ingebrigt can smoke you, can note you, can coax a flurry of sounds from his bass and he does that nicely here. Remi is a strong voice on the tenor and shows you why he is a player who is coming through with a great sound and inventive originality.
It's a fruitful collaboration. Free-spirited avant aficionados like myself will find it excellent listening. Hey, next time a trio with a hip drummer?