Wycliffe Gordon / Eric Reed

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by David R. Adler

We is a profound and intimate set of duets featuring trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and pianist Eric Reed. With a relaxed yet passionate air, the two express their mutual love and respect with a far-ranging program that covers Ellington, Gershwin, spirituals, folk songs, and jazz staples like "Cherokee" and "Lament." Gordon's plunger work is unparalleled in its sophistication, as he reveals on "Embraceable You" and "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." And he can sing, too -- check out the antics on his two originals, "This Rhythm on My Mind" and "Toast My Bread." Reed's stately, gospel-tinged touch and bop command anchor the session; his beautiful ballad "He Cares" closes the session.

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