The duo format in jazz can be very challenging. Although it does offer great freedom in which to create, it also demands new and greater responsibilities. A bigger group enables more timbres, textures, and creative interplay. Short of that, an effective duo must create engaging arrangements and choose pieces that will make the best use of their limited timbres and textures. They must also select repertoire that will best support their musical concepts. The Pagán/Walter DUO has met these challenges head-on, as evidenced by these wonderful compositions, arrangements and recordings.
The repertoire presented here is a balanced blend of original tunes and arrangements, representing varies styles, meters, and grooves. The playing features swinging, creative solos, sensitive comping, and a fine sense of ensemble amd listening throughout. The recording quality itself is quite impressive. Kevin Harbison (Recording Engineer, University of Colorado at Boulder) and Greg Heimbecker (Mixing and Mastering, University of Northern Colorado) generated a clean, warm, genuine product.
I have performed with Mike Pagán for many years and it has been a joy to witness his development as a jazz pianist and composer/arranger. It was also a great pleasure to “meet” Doug Walter’s playing and writing skills on this recording.
Enough talk – take a listen and enjoy this wonderful duo!