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Artist Phillip Greenlief - Trevor Dunn
Title Untitled
Label Evander Music - Em 002 -

Phillip Greenlief - Sax
Trevor Dunn - Bass

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10 improvisations by Greenlief & Dunn
***** - Music Hound Jazz Essential Album Guide


Dimensions of bassist Trevor Dunn arise in a program of improvised duets with Greenlief’s reeds. Literate, to say the least, it has an epigram from Samuel Beckett and titles that refer to Mikhail Bulgakov, Andre Breton and Isadore Ducasse. They’re keys to the kinds of demands this duo makes. A First impression of low key music gradually gives way to a sense of quiet intensity with each successive hearing.

There’s a concentrated linear development with evident constructivist thought on every track, and the sense of parts missing, often a difficulty in listening to duo music, never arises. In fact, the duo’s music is so refined, its integrity so distinctive, that it’s easier to say what it isn't. There’s never a sense of the easy effect, the hot lick, or the obvious source; instead, there is an overriding will to form and to direct address. The result is demanding without ever being aggressive.

Stuart Broomer - Cadence Magazine, February 1997