Wonderful synergy. One . . .
plus one . . . .
makes up a musical organization much more expansive than a duo.
But who knew that such glorious music flourished underground? Most Tuesdays, trombonist Mariel Bildsten leads a small group — quite compact, because it’s a duo: here she is with guitarist Greg Ruggiero, both playing splendidly in “Turnstyle,” a subway-mall attached to the “A” at Columbus Circle in New York City, on October 17, 2017.
Greg I’ve known and admired for some time because of his beautiful playing with, among others, Michael Kanan, Neal Miner, and Sam Taylor. But I first encountered Mariel at Turnstyle this autumn, and was delighted.
A small digression: here you can learn about all the eateries at Turnstyle, and get some basic orientation about how to get there. It’s easier the second time.
These are easy to listen to, right now.
I SURRENDER, DEAR:
When Dostoevsky wrote NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND, he didn’t have anything quite so uplifting in mind.
May your happiness increase!