Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell | The Power of Two

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The Power of Two

by Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell

This music is Slagle's latest on sax and flute with the renowned piano man Bill O'Connell and their collective takes on pianists past and present....... including a tribute to the late great Kenny Drew Jr, ---we hope you enjoy it!
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Good News
Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell
4:12 $1.25
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2. One Life
Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell
6:09 $1.25
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3. Peri's Scope
Steve Slagle
3:46 $0.99
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4. I'll Wait and Pray
Steve Slagle
3:58 $1.25
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5. A New Day
Steve Slagle
5:09 $1.25
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6. KD, Jr. (In Memory of Kenny Drew, Jr.)
Steve Slagle
7:07 $1.50
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7. The Power of Two
Steve Slagle & Bill O'Connell
4:28 $1.25
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8. The Duke
Steve Slagle
5:20 $0.99
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9. Circle
Steve Slagle
6:51 $1.25
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10. Into Your Grace
Steve Slagle
5:27 $1.25
11. Whistling Spirits
Steve Slagle
0:56 $0.50
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

The collaboration of Steve Slagle and Bill O’Connell here is greater than the sum of their individual performances. Together, they have created the “Power of Two.”
The original inspiration for this recording began in August 2014 shortly after the untimely death of the great pianist Kenny Drew Jr. at the age of 56. Steve played and recorded with Kenny Drew Jr. with the Mingus Big Band and Kenny was his pianist on “Reincarnation”, a 1994 recording of the Steve Slagle Quartet. They were friends for many years and had traveled the world together playing music. On the day of his passing Steve composed a tribute to his friend titling it simply ‘KD JR.’. He sent me the sheet music for this song in mid-August 2014 and then called me to urge Panorama Records to produce the recording.
Steve knew right away that he wanted to do a recording with just piano and that pianist Bill O’Connell would be his first choice: a pianist with a voice of his own and the ability to play fully and creatively, alone. Also Steve and Bill have a long history of working together in many larger groups and wanted to convey this music to listeners in as pure a form as possible. Steve then chose 9 songs to accompany ‘KD JR.’ and also in the recording studio they created one piece together. Part of what makes this recording a transcending musical performance is the collaboration of Steve and Bill on each track and the mood that they collectively set throughout. Also this is some of Steve’s best flute work yet on any recording.
What sounds effortless is a level of musicianship that only a few achieve after decades of work in their profession: hearing the music, listening to each other and inspiring each other to create and play music that never quite existed like this before—and capturing it in a recording. We hope you enjoy and get the musical message that is within ‘The Power of Two’.
Jack Zulack, Executive Producer, Panorama Records


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John Boe

The Powerful Power of Two
This is my favorite recording of the year. At first I was surprised to see that these were duets, piano and flute or sax. This is not a typical band, but this is not typical music. They play with such great rhythmic feel that I never miss the drummer. There are many highlights in the album, none more powerful that Slagle's tribute to Kenny Drew, Jr., KD JR, a hauntingly beautiful melody with solos to match. Other tunes that are full of soul include Slagle's compositions, I'll Wait and Pray, One Life, and Into Your Grace, and a take on the too rarely heard Miles tune (from Miles Smiles). Circle. And there are bright good news things here as well (the first song Good News, and O'Connell's singable A New Day. I also loved the flute piano version of Brubeck's the Duke, one of the great jazz standards. Slagle's flute playing is throughout a revelation--I had grown used to him a a great sax player, had almost forgot what wonderful flute chops he has. There is also the remarkable end of the record, a cowritten tune called Whistling Spirits, which starts with a whistling spirit of a flute, a great line played in unison, then Sax and piano pay off. This is an album to listen to any time of the day, with a remarkable power by provided by two great musicians, Steve Slagle and Bill O'Connell. Again, it is my favorite record of the year, maybe of any year.
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