Genius at work. Brilliance at play. Two artists so confident and playful that they inspire each other to take risks, risks that come off. Watching the singer Marianne Solivan and the pianist Michael Kanan in duet is rather like watching great athletes, actors, or dancers — so sure of their immersion in the art that courage and wit come naturally to them.
Here’s the second set of a completely inspiring duo-performance at Smalls (183 West Tenth Street, Greenwich Village, New York City) that I recorded on Sunday, April 21, 2013. (You can see the first set here.)
BILLY STRAYHORN MEDLEY:
Their hit! I GUESS I’LL HANG MY TEARS OUT TO DRY:
TOO MUCH IN LOVE TO CARE:
THE LAST TIME FOR LOVE:
THOSE HUMDRUM BLUES:
THE LIES OF HANDSOME MEN:
May your happiness increase!