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McCormack & Yarde Duo - Places & Other Spaces CD


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  • Audio CD (3 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Edition Records
  • ASIN: B005G6G35Y
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 223,744 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Only partnerships as exceptional as Andrew McCormack and Jason Yarde could undertake music like this, with its open structures and wide range of moods and textures. The compositions are by one or the other or both of them together, and the rapport is so close that where the composing leaves off and the improvisation begins is impossible to tell. Yarde, playing soprano and alto saxophones, is quite dazzling at times, and his tone blends superbly with McCormack's piano voicings. Jazz or classical, this is in a class of its own. --The Observer, October 2011

This debut from pianist Andrew McCormack and saxophonist Jason Yarde is a super-sophisticated affair. --Daily Telegraph, October 2011 --Daily Telegraph, October 2011

When the conversation between pianist Andrew McCormack and saxist/composer Jason Yarde began on CD two years ago, the pair showed they could read and expand each other's thoughts with an impulsive empathy. The My Duo album's followup finds Yarde concentrating on soprano sax a little less, now applying a wider tonal range to a similar repertoire of seductively hooky, Keith Jarrett-like piano vamps embroidered by adventurous sax lines, swoony lyricism and minimalist sax-pattern whirlings reminiscent of Portico Quartet. McCormack is opulently classical on the arialike Spanish Princess, and in the rhythmically hypnotic territory of Jarrett or Brad Mehldau on the grooving D-Town, Antibes and Epilogue. Yarde's explorations of eerie sax harmonies and multiphonics enrich the pair's dreamy dance through The Spaces Before, and the complex Flowers for Japan, which opens with teasing two-note swaps, finds the saxophonist exploring solosoprano reveries reminiscent of John Surman's, and McCormack unleashing a seamlessly beautiful piano improvisation. It might be a limited format, but these two keep uncovering jewels within it. --The Guardian

Pianist Andrew McCormack and saxophonist Jason Yarde s acclaimed 2009 debut ( My Duo ) showed a unique meeting of minds. Their new CD is even better. Apart from superbly improvised interplay, it s distinguished by the quality and diversity of their compositions. Full of character, they range from the knotty tartness of Dark Too Bright and Hill Walking on Tynerside , to the sheer beauty of Spanish Princess and Flowers for Japan , to the quirkily boppish D-Town and the pensive, atmospheric Epilogue and Other Spaces . Every performance, including the sole standard (a marvellously re-thought Embraceable You ), combines formal elegance and lyric passion. Throughout, McCormack accompanies Yarde s passionate, lemony eloquence on soprano or alto with uncanny prescience, while both solo with a composer s sense of structure and contrast. FIVE STARS --Irish Times

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By m-a-c-e-o on 4 Oct 2011
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Jason Yarde at a Hugh Masekela gig filmed for the BBC. He took a couple of solos and, for me, it was definitely one of those "who is THAT?!" moments. It was actually quite hard to find out who he was - the guy needs a better publicist - considering (if I remember correctly) he also worked on a lot of the arrangements.

A couple of years later, my brother and I were walking through the West End one evening and happened to see that he and McCormack were performing at Pizza Express that night. We decided to forget the last train home and go see them instead. It turned out to be one of the best nights we'd ever spent in a jazz club; McCormack's light, delicate playing providing the perfect cushion for Yarde's long spiraling lines that seemed to drift off into infinity. A really memorable, intimate gig.

This is their second album together. If you haven't got the first, then I highly recommend you do so. Like the first, I think it will appeal to a broad range of jazz fans, as well as fans of European chamber music. Perhaps the biggest difference between the two sets is that McCormack is really developing his own voice, both as soloist and composer. His accompaniment is (as it was that night in Pizza Express) varied, intelligent and often lovely.

As for Yarde's playing, I really run out of superlatives when I listen to him. First of all, his tone is really rich but delicate. Second, he isn't just a player who 'makes the changes'; he's a player who makes the changes work for him. Some of his lines are so pretty: think Atlantic-era Trane with a kind of European lilt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terry (TEZ) on 4 Nov 2011
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"Must get that CD" was what i said to myself when i caught a snatch of trhe review on radio the day it was released having nopen and paper and driving at the time i recorded a snatch and part of the name / tilte on my mobile phone . Well i was right the sax and the piano perform together as a duo. It Jazz as i like it basic yet complex.
maybe not everyones choice but then not everybody likes chocolate.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr T Adams on 2 Jun 2014
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Tight melodic and harmonic playing, resulting in a collection of stunning tracks. This album is a must for lovers of music that is as dry as a fine Chablis!
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