2 Two 2 features a sextet of players from the Boston area in 1990. The only musician who is somewhat well known is trombonist Gary Valente, who had toured with George Gruntz. Drummer Matt Gordy contributed four compositions and, other than a few short solos, mostly stays in the background, pushing the other players. The music is modern hard bop and mostly swings hard. None of the musicians are major voices. Valente (who is showcased on Thelonious Monk's "Ask Me Now") on this date tends to roar a bit then leave a lot of space as if searching for inspiration. The best feature is pianist David Stewart on John Coltrane's "Straight Street." The spotlight is on Ken Cervenka's flügelhorn playing during Gordy's "Cristina," a piece that starts out sounding like "Unforgettable" before it heads elsewhere. Overall, this is a well-played set that falls into the acoustic modern mainstream jazz genre of the time.
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AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow