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Tenor-saxophonists Seamus Blake and Chris Cheek share a common perspective, phrase as one and deliver intriguing contrasts in light and shade – Blake’s sound is muscular and bluesy, Cheek’s lighter and rapier sharp.

Their delightful new studio recording revels in warm saxophone sonorities on the wistful “Holodeck Waltz”, adds contemporary cool on the controlled slow burn “Till I Die” and “All About Me” is a neatly harmonised, phrase-swapping joust. Pianist Ethan Iverson’s strong performance stands out and in-demand bassist Matt Penman is consistently firm. Recommended.

Seamus Blake/Chris Cheek

Reeds Ramble

(Criss Cross)

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