by Paul Wilson
If the term “dueling banjos” holds any meaning or fond memories of the movie starring Burt Reynolds, then maybe a traditional jazz quintet starring not one, but two slide trombones may be of interest. I was curious enough to try and predict beforehand how the interplay between both bandleaders might take place. Trombonists Alan Goidel and Howard Levy not only trade licks back and forth, but they also follow and work around each other in this traditional jazz release. I found superb harmonies overall and enjoyed how the orchestrations seem to both work well together and, almost to a certain extent, against each other. Most of the tracks are energetic and enlist a toe tapping response. I’ve never heard dual trombones in a jazz group before, but it is obvious, these guys know what they are doing.