Deuce

Windjammer

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It's doubtful that Deuce, the Northern California based flugelhorn/trumpet-tenor sax duo of Ellen Seeling and Jean Fineberg, will ever reach the popularity or technical brilliance of the Brecker Brothers, but their sassy debut Windjammer captures much the same vibe and energy level as the Brothers' memorable collaborations. The best tunes here, such as the spirited "Deuces Wild" (whose title captures their vibe perfectly), combine rock, funk, and Latin horn section ideas, with the duo roaring nonstop through some irresistible melodic hooks. Drummer Will Kennedy of the Yellowjackets adds a thick bounce to his three cuts, while guitarist Ray Obiedo does a fine smooth jazz arrangement on the title track. It's not all about jamming, however. Deuce takes a few breathers along the way, most notably on that title track (a showcase for Fineberg's graceful flute sounds) and the largely atmospheric "Serengeti Nights."

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