and saxophonist Trevor Watts, both heralded artisans of the British progressive jazz and improvisational circuit. A mark of invention pervades throughout, as the duo fuses sublime persuasions, inverted theme-building jaunts, and mesmeric passages with fleeting melodies and rhythmical dynamics.
Highlighted by a manifold approach to the program, the duo aligns a throng of angular discourses, generating an intimate, probing and somewhat mischievous sequence of dialogues on "Exchanged Frequencies," abetted by jovial mimicking and edgy overtones.
Watts' whispery soprano sax lines contain a myriad of linear ebbs and flows amid Weston's punctuating block chords and trickling, single-note developments. The musicians elucidate a buoyant progression of flirtatious encounters via eloquent expansionism, also dispersing loops into smaller sections to synergistically create a multi-part and excitable storyline with a busy, yet productive string of events.
Other than the highly artistic attributes, the duo's resiliency, superior technical acumen and rapidly conceived subplots engender a program that towers above similar endeavors by other prominent and lesser-known improvisers. Exchanged Frequencies is a comprehensive and effervescent portrayal of the finer points of improvised music.
Personnel: Trevor Watts: soprano and alto saxophones; Veryan Weston: piano.