Greg Fishman

Indian Summer

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Piano/horn duos are rare for good reasons: they require impeccable time, mutual radar, and the ability to sustain interest and pulse without bass or drums. This one succeeds beautifully, composed as it is of one of the most reliably classy pianists around, Eddie Higgins, and a gifted tenor player whose star is on the rise, Greg Fishman. It's a melodic collection done with great taste, lyricism, and compatibility. Fishman has written three books analyzing Stan Getz's playing and has a tawny sound remarkably like his, though his distinctive style also contains whiffs of Ben Webster, Sonny Stitt, and Paul Desmond. "O Grande Amor" is especially gorgeous, and also remarkable for how clearly Fishman evokes Getz without imitating him: the emotion is deep and personal, the lines his own. Higgins' solos sparkle like a clear-running stream, with his left-hand choices providing a sonic bottom; see, for example, "Tootsie Roll," where he supplies a walking bassline. The two swing happily together on the title track, "I Thought About You," and "What Is This Thing Called Love," and are so deeply expressive on "You've Changed" that only one chorus is necessary. A finely wrought and gentle session, this CD is a refreshing change from the usual trio format, while delivering the same intimacy and musical focus. Recommended.

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