Jane Jarvis

Janen Jarvis & Jay Leonhart at Duke's Place

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Janen Jarvis & Jay Leonhart at Duke's Place Review

by Scott Yanow

Swing pianist Jane Jarvis and versatile bassist Jay Leonhart decided to perform a set of Duke Ellington songs for this set of duets. Most of the tunes are quite familiar, other than 1967's "Kisse" and Jarvis' original "For Duke," but the duo shows that there is still plenty of life to be found in these warhorses. No rehearsal took place beforehand and they did not even discuss what the framework was going to be to the songs. Despite that, all but two tunes only needed to be played once and nearly all of this CD is made up of first takes. Leonhart's bowed solos are a particular joy, as are Jarvis' chord voicings. This is an underrated gem.

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