The duo is the most basic form of musical conversation and at the same time one of the most difficult formats to bring off successfully. At its best it's communication at the highest level, presupposing a common goal as the highest priority. Successfully mastered, this delicate balance yields the kind of interaction which makes improvised music an unforgettable experience, challenging performer and audience, alike. These two incredible instrumentalists draw from the deepest tradition of jazz-improvisation and interact with sensitivity, flexibility and such ease of invention so that the ideas flow naturally from one musical mind to the other. John Hicks and Frank Morgan never recorded together as a duo but this live recording preserves the meeting of these musical minds and gives us a tantalizing glimpse of what might have been. Bringing the program up to CD length are a selection of solo tracks of John Hicks taken from the same live concert appearance that gave us the HighNote release, "I Remember You" (HCD 7191) about which Marcia Hillman in All About Jazz said, "Listening to Hicks leaves you with the feeling of having sat in some jazz club until three in the morning and leaving with a head full of beautiful and imaginative music."
John Hicks, solo piano and Frank Morgan, alto saxophone (tracks 2, 3, 5 & 6)
Tracks: Parisian Thoroughfare; Night in Tunisia; My One and Only Love; Is That So?; Round Midnight; N.Y. Theme; Passion Flower
Is That So?