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They generally abide by a rather unhurried mode of development, but drill deep into contrasting tonalities while occasionally mimicking each other's theme-building exercises. Henneman occasionally plucks his strings amid flickering arco-passages, in support of Baar's exploratory phrasings. On "Giallo Di Napola, the musicians render a mild outpouring of emotions, and on "Castle Walk in Herringbone Suit, Henneman darts and jabs across the strings, as his counterpart executes a fleeting sequence of notes. The investigative nature of the duo's phrasings and counteractions often provide the underpinning for the album's footprint.
At times, the musicians communicate pathos through weeping lines, but morph an avant-jazz motif with a European folk theme during "Stop -To Eiske- . Ultimately, it's a pleasant rendering of the musicians' intuitive workouts, yet perhaps too low-key and understated within the scope of fourteen tracks.
Track Listing: Eye Dazzler; Tackety Dancing Shoes; Violetto Rossastro; Giallo di Napoli; Whirligig; Ruby Slippers; Castle Walk in Herringbone Suit; Igor's Bransle; Hisako's Body Sway; Sabbia; Turkeytrot; Grigio Perla per Noguchi; Stof -to Eiske- ;Horse Dance.
Personnel: Ab Baars: tenor sax, clarinet, shakuhachi, noh-kan; Ig Henneman: cello.
Record Label: Wig 13
Style: Modern Jazz
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