MIKE LIPSKIN and EVAN ARNTZEN at SMALLS, PART ONE (December 8, 2015)

Mike Lipskin

There’s so much lyrical life in the melodies of the twentieth century, when they are explored by masters of improvisation.  This was proven throughout a delightful evening at Smalls (West Tenth Street, Greenwich Village, New York City) by piano master Mike Lipskin and reed master Evan Arntzen.  Here are five masterful performances from that night, December 8, 2015.  And I believe that this was the first time Mike and Evan had played together in duet: talk about deep swing empathy.  It’s easy to hear and admire such lyricism and their wise exploration of the varied ways to improvise melodically at medium tempos.

Photograph by Tim Cheeney

Photograph by Tim Cheeney

EAST OF THE SUN:

BLUE ROOM:

OUT OF NOWHERE:

LINGER AWHILE:

SNOWY MORNING BLUES (Mike’s solo exploration of James P. Johnson’s piece while Evan listens intently):

Five more casual yet expert masterpieces will appear soon.  Thank you, gentlemen.

May your happiness increase!

5 responses to “MIKE LIPSKIN and EVAN ARNTZEN at SMALLS, PART ONE (December 8, 2015)

  1. Don "Zoot" Conner

    I love this duo!I’ve heard from Mike before but not Evan.He practically lives in the upper register on his saxes,but he makes the changes with great flexibility and ease.Perhaps this duo could be called “Stride and Glide.”

  2. They could definitely be called “Stride and Glide,”The work so well together. and I loved them!! Great!!

  3. Beautiful !!- don’t get to hear my favorite jazz tune “Out of Nowhere that often!

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  5. Dennis Olivares

    BEST I’ve heard in a lo-o-o-o-o-ong time– with familiar melodies to boot!!

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