Marc Mommaas


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European tenor saxophonist Marc Mommaas and pianist Nikolaj Hess perform nine of Mommaas' originals on this consistently intriguing duet project. The music follows Mommaas' themes and guidelines but is mostly comprised of fairly free improvising, sometimes by one of the two musicians (Mommaas is showcased on "Solo No. 1" and "Solo No. 2") but usually both. The music travels through a variety of moods and occasionally becomes quite intense and emotional, but it is mostly relaxed, lyrical, a bit witty and swinging in its own fashion. The communication between the two musicians is strong, neither sounds like any of their predecessors, and this music is refreshing, spirited, and full of surprises. One won't come away from the CD humming any of the tunes but the interplay between Mommaas and Hess is outstanding.

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