Joel Futterman


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When Futterman is "on," there is no stopping him. His power of concentration is overwhelming, and his ability to pound out individual notes and clusters of notes is amazing. This highly successful series of eight duos with tenor saxophonist and longtime collaborator, Kidd Jordan, brings out the best in both the saxophonist and the pianist, as they together explore a wide range of intense emotions. Surprisingly, some of the most exciting moments come when Futterman picks up his curved soprano and locks horns with Jordan's tenor. But, Futterman's piano is never less than lustrous; whether contemplative or burning bright, the pianist commands the keys like few others, and when he is hot, watch out, few can compete with his extraordinary abilities. When in tandem with Jordan, there is an undeniable synergy that never lets go. This is what has come to be known as free and creative improvisation to its core. Predetermined patterns are taboo; the sounds of surprise govern.

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