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5.0 out of 5 stars
British Modern Jazz, 13 Sep 2010
Two masters from pre Rock & roll era of the nineteen fifties when the phenomena of bebop soaked into the post war, cold war frustration.
Danny Moss who played for John Dankworth when Duddley More was on piano & went to Newport Jazz festival.
Stan Tracy had been the house piano player at Ronnie Scott's Club & had the opportunity to accompany many master of Bop at this time.
Both are legends of British Jazz, On these tracks the tone of Danny Moss seemed to have move over the years from the soft shoe shuffle of melodic ballads with a tone that recalled Ben Webster.
As time went by this changed into a fluid rasp that echoed Coleman Hawkins as Danny played into later life.
There is no need to speak much about Stan Tracy's piano style which seems to be a cross between Duke Ellington & Thelonious Monk which hasn't changed since those heady pre Beatle days.
The thing to mention here is that this is a duet with no rhythme section but a sense of swing still comes through.
The sense of Counterpoint sets each player off against the other causing a pulse that propells the music foward.
This is a good record worthy of any collection.
Listen with a glass of Whisky "straight no chaser".
Be lulled into following the notes as the CD moves forward with no sense of nostagia.
Things are ok but they aint what they used to be.
Danny Moss passed away a couple of years ago making the words from Mercer Ellington tune apt.