This duo has established its own abstract-concrete musical space. In a mature dimension, magic can be produced like this, using spurs to ramble to a cosmic organon: essential fruits of a long life. As demanding as they are pleasing. World-class calm.
Despite its rarity, the constellation of trumpet and drums as a duo does have a small tradition: in 1969, Don Cherry and Ed Blackwell; in 1997, Bill Dixon and Tony Oxley. Here, Smith enters the intimacy of a duo, a place where Miles Davis never dared to go. Yet Davis's legacy shimmers through in Smith's happy interplay with Sommer.