Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Best Albums of 2011: Behn Gillece & Ken Fowser

JazzWrap revisits a great year of discoveries in 2011.

Ken Fower (sax)
Behn Gillece (vibes)
Duotone (Posi-Tone Records; 2011)
Donald Vega (piano)
Willie Jones (drums)
David Wong (bass)

Of all our favourites we might discussion this week, Ken Fowser and Behn Gillece's Duotone is probably the one album that could be universally accepted by both jazz new comers and hardcore listeners.

Duotone is like a good club night out. It's smokin' at the right moments ("Overcooked" and "Back To Back"), gently ("In Twilight") and even playful ("One For G"). But outside of setting the mood, Gillece and Fowser grown as musicians and writers. The music on their third album is tighter, well balanced and executed brilliantly by everyone in the quintet.

Gillece and Fowser have made a name for themselves in the New York scene by playing frequently at a number of smaller clubs. This is a duo will definitely be around for a while and if you ever wanted a great contemporary hard bop jazz record, you absolutely can't go wrong with Duotone. Check out our full discussion on Duotone from a earlier in the summer.

The following video was done David Rapoport.

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