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In Lands I Never
Genres: Jazz, New Age, Pop
In Lands I Never Saw marks the first time David Friedman and David Samuels (Double Image), have recorded together since 1979. It is a sterling showcase, not only for the impressive talents of these two men, but for the ... more »
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In Lands I Never Saw marks the first time David Friedman and David Samuels (Double Image), have recorded together since 1979. It is a sterling showcase, not only for the impressive talents of these two men, but for the innovative, immediately recognizable sound that brought them international accolades back in the 1970s--the bell-like tones of the metal vibraphone blending with the earthy tones of the wooden marimbaphone; the complex interweaving lines emerging with a transparent simplicity of effect. It is a strictly duo instrumental album, with very few overdubs; no bass or drums to mark time and no strings or horns for background. In this demanding adventurous context, Friedman and Samuels distill their distinctive vibes/marimba sound, masterfully demonstrating the spectrum of colors these two relatively underexposed mallet instruments are capable of achieving. In many respects, Double Image is a duo that sounds like an orchestra. The music itself has a global feeling to it, at times suggestive of Egypt, Arabia, Bali, Africa, Mexico, and the Orient. The pieces are immediately accessible yet intellectually stimulating and emotionally satisfying. A nearly perfect balance exists between the compositional structures and the often dazzling improvisations. There is an emotional cohesiveness about In Lands I Never Saw in which we hear intelligence, lyricism, and warmth--all seamlessly blended into a single sonic tapestry.
Intense keyboard percussion duet delivers
B. Maestas | Astoria, NY, USA | 10/25/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I chose this album purely by chance. What a pleasant surprise! Although both of these men play classical music this is not a classical album. This is modern improvisational music performed on keyboard percussion. Each musician trades off duties on both vibraphone and marimba. Both of these artists are highly respected for their mastery of not only the instruments featured in this recording but a myriad of others as well. This album gets better with each listen. They play very well together and never get in each other's way. I can listen to this album to fall asleep to, to work to, or even to play along myself! The quality and of the recording is on par with the ECM label. If you're not familiar with that label, their recordings are considered to be some of the finest in the world. I'll admit that the album errs on the mellow side but there is plenty of dynamic interplay and startling moments of improvisation. Expect nothing less than the best from these two brilliant percussionists of the highest order."