Herb Silverstein and Michael Ross are reviewed by Jazzweekly

Herb Silverstein & Michael Ross: Looking Back-Play It Again







Pianist Herb Silverstein joins together with bassist  Michael Ross to revisit twenty one, count ‘em, twenty one originals that he’d previously recorded in a quartet setting. I haven’t heard those original sessions, but I don’t miss the extra sidemen, as these concise duets are a lovely and intimately lyrical collection. Because most of the tunes range between 2 to 5 minutes, the time goes by quickly, with the emphasis on themes with just a dash of rabbit trails.

Silverstein’s hands are rich and strong, confident on “ Zorro,” Debussy-blue during “Improvisation” and wistful on “Awesome Autumn.” His fingers are prismatic on the coy “Monday Morning” and they cascade during “Magic Sam”. Ross keeps the music pulsating forward, and is given time to display his rich taste on “Love In My Heart” and the hip bopper “Happy Daze”. Warm glowing sounds from the parlor.


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