Martin Speake & Colin Oxley - Two Not One (3 stars)

An album of light, buoyant jazz ballads, ideal in small servings

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Martin Speake & Colin Oxley - Two Not One

(Pumpkin Records )

The airy combination of alto saxophone and guitar and a leaning toward ballad tempos gives the music on this duo outing a light, buoyant feel which does pale a little over the whole album, but works beautifully on any individual track, making it an ideal disc to dip into for three or four selections. Martin Speake is one of the most consistently interesting and inventive saxophonists on the UK jazz scene, and his light-toned, subtle alto work is evocative of one of his heroes, Lee Konitz. Oxley is a very compatible partner on a well-chosen programme of standards and originals.

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