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by Miles Black & Rene Worst

Jazz Piano and Acoustic Bass - inspired originals and arrangements by two of Canada's top musicians.
Genre: Jazz: Jazz Vocals
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  Song Share Time Download
1. For Scott Lafaro
7:20 $0.99
2. So Close
4:42 $0.99
3. First Time Only
4:52 $0.99
4. Blues in Your Pocket
9:12 $0.99
5. She Walks Alone
5:23 $0.99
6. Sancho
6:26 $0.99
7. Lob
3:43 $0.99
8. Never Let Me Go
6:43 $0.99
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Album Notes
Rene Worst and Miles Black began working together in 1987 with the Ann Mortifee Band. In 1988 they toured the USSR with the Paul Horn Band. In 1987, Miles joined Rene's legendary fusion band Skywalk as keyboardist/co-composer.
Since then, these two music veterans have toured, performed and recorded together in a variety of settings. Their great rapport is evidenced on this recording produced by CBC legend, Claire Lawrence.

The resume of Miles Black reads like a who's who of Jazz greats. His collaborators include Paul Horn, Harry Sweets Edison, Christine Duncan, Dee Daniels, Skywalk, Glenda Rae, Brad Turner, and Houston Person, just to name a few. Miles commenced his professional career at the age of 14. He has toured throughout North America and Europe, winning converts everywhere to his fluid, highly evolved musicianship.

Rene Worst has been a professional bassist since 1971.
His virtuostic and supportive bass playing has been a Canadian treasure for many years on both acoustic and electric basses. He is as gifted on fretless as he is on acoustic - a rarity in the industry.
Rene was educated both in Canada and the US.
Rene Worst is one of the founding members of the noted fusion band "Skywalk" and has anchored and produced six recordings with them.
Rene has also recorded and performed with Paul Horn, Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Larry Coryell, Charlie Byrd, Chet Baker, Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy and Canadian Jazz Vocalist Jennifer Scott to name a few. He is also a highly regarded Producer.

Both Miles Black and Rene Worst are respected clinicians and private instructors and are available for clinics world-wide.

This recording recently received a five-star rave review from JazzEnvoy and from the Vancouver Sun.
It represents the finest performances from two of the most highly regarded and well-respected artists in North America.



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Cindy McLeod

Miles Black, Rene Worst release stunning acoustic duo album.
Pianist Miles Black and bassist Rene Worst have released their stunning acoustic duo project Two, a contemporary jazz recording done in the studios of CBC. This quiet work is comprised mainly of Black’s compositions, with Worst, fellow Canadian Don Thompson, and standards composer Jay Livingston contributing to the eight tracks.

The artists stand among the finest jazz musicians this nation has produced, and combine their talents and shared approach for this project. Black, an harmonically rich pianist of astounding versatility and fluid precision, understates all in a thoughtful and sparse manner. Worst is a highly creative improviser, his harmonic voicings and dextrous technique are the perfect counterpoint to Black. The synthesis is lyrical mastery and one luminous sound that simply flies.

The opening track, Thompson’s For Scott Lafaro sets the tone and reveals the depth of rapport between the artists as they alternately underpin one another through this glistening swing feel. Black’s So Close is a carefree orchestral piece reminiscent of the Bill Evans/Eddie Gomez sound, and his Blues in Your Pocket is painted in shades of the jazz masters of the past. The pensive She Walks Alone is a fine example of the impressionist side of Black’s composition, with the artists creating a dramatic and evocative soundscape, while the post-bopLob carves space and time in a playful contrapuntal manner. The final track, a tender read of Livingston’s Never Let Me Go is a meaningful interpretation of this jewel, delivered in an articulate and timeless performance.

Two stills the clamour within as it bathes the listener in rapturous harmony and gentle rhythm. Organic, pure, and simply stated, this is sublime music to the ears. Recommended.

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Cindy McLeod