McCormack & Yarde Duo - Places and Other Spaces (4 stars)

Saxophone and piano duets display impressive empathy and mutual understanding

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McCormack & Yarde Duo - Places and Other Spaces

(Edition Records)

Saxophone and piano duets are clearly all the rage this month. Pianist Andrew McCormack and saxophonist Jason Yarde approach the format with impressive empathy and mutual understanding on a set of original material by one or other of the musicians, with two jointly written pieces and a single standard, ‘Embraceable You’.

Whether on gentle ballads or more urgent uptempo material, the players make intelligent and creative use of the textural and spatial possibilities of the instruments (Yarde mainly favours soprano, but also uses alto), and capitalise on the warm, expansive recording acoustic of Dartington Hall, where this was recorded earlier this year.

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