Alex Harding (saxophone), Lucian Ban (piano)
Detroit-born ALEX HARDING, one of the most important baritone saxophonists in contemporary jazz, and Transylvanian-born, New York City-based pianist LUCIAN BAN have been at the forefront of contemporary jazz for more than two decades. They have worked together and formed several groups, released a handful of different albums for American and European labels, played countless concerts and tours, and documented an amazing body of musical work. From their 2001 debut duet "Somethin' Holy" to the "Tuba Project" (2006) with the legendary Bob Stewart, from Alex's own "Blutopia" quartet with Nasheet Waits to the "Romanian - American Jazz Suite" ensemble (2008) led by soprano Sam Newsome .
With DARK BLUE, the two musicians celebrate their musical brotherhood with a unique blend of original pieces and improvisations informed by the jazz, blues and European chamber music traditions. From avant-blues to spontaneous improvisations, from eerie ballads that seem to transport Ben Webster and Archie Sheep to an alternate Sun Ra universe, from intricate duets to a heartfelt solo baritone tribute to the late master Hamiet Bluiett, DARK BLUE is an impressive document of two artists in their maturity, two old friends conversing in the language of modern jazz.This content has been machine translated.
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