Daily Archives: March 14, 2013

MICHAEL KANAN and NEAL MINER: “A CASUAL JAM SESSION / THREE TUNES”

Get ready for twenty minutes of deep passion, as two masters of swinging melodic improvisation play in serene surroundings, exploring THREE TUNES (as the title says): Michael Kanan, piano; Neal Miner, string bass and cinematography.

The THREE TUNES are Artie Shaw’s MOON RAY; Hoagy Carmichael’s THE NEARNESS OF YOU (with its pretty, rarely-heard verse); TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT (with a short Technicolor interlude where the two masters make sure the chords are right — and, later, for those with sharp ears and senses of humor, a very brief nod to Bill Haley and the Comets).

Casual listeners can enjoy the beautifully mobile music; more serious students of the music will find much to admire . . . delicate, generous interplay; the beautiful tone both Michael and Neal get out of their instruments; their intuitive balance between melodic exposition and more adventurous improvisations.

May your happiness increase.

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