Thursday, August 7, 2014

Diane Monroe / Tony Miceli Alone Together Dreambox 2014

An intimate conversation between friends that covers a vast amount of harmonic ground!
 
Brent Black / www.criticaljazz.com
 
Duos are tough...It is feast or famine. Dig in! Alone Together is an intimate lyrical journey for two of Philadelphia's finest that runs that sonic gauntlet from "Here's That Rainy Day" to the slightly unexpected theme from this iconic television show Star Trek. Violin and vibes, N.P.R. jazz...An organic riff on popular culture that also includes some stellar originals including "Fleetin' Blues" and "Vince Guaraldi."
 
On paper some might think this wouldn't work, they would wrong! Some of the better known covers here include Chick Corea's "Spain" and Thelonious Monk's "Misterioso." The material was specifically designed to cut a wide melodic path including Ralph Towner's "Icarus" and the standard "East of The Sun, West of the Moon." Tony Miceli works from a rich color palette, as good a vibe player as you will ever here. Violinist Diane Monroe draws upon her varied background and pushes the virtuoso envelope to new heights.
 
Eclectic yet accessible. Forward thinking but firmly anchored in the roots of improvisational music has Alone Together as one of the surprises for 2014.
 
 
Tracks: Icarus; Vince Guaraldi; Spain; Fleetin' Blues; East of The Sun; Bachianas Brasilieras No. 5; Tennessee Waltz; Here's That Rainy Day; Wade In The Water; Eronel; Alone Together; Misterioso; Star Trek.