Just Duet Vol. 2
- Holly Hofmann - flute
- Bill Cunliffe - piano
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- Winter from the Four Seasons
- My Romance
- Black Bottom Stomp
- One Note Samba
- If You Could See Me Now
- Bone Crusher
- M.ore I.ngenious K.inetic E.nergy
- On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring
Jim Santella, LA Jazz Scene
olume Two from this exciting pair of Southland artists sizzles with excitement. It also paints the scenery with an eclectic assortment of colors: from Vivaldi and C.P.E. Bach to Jelly Roll Morton, Tom Jobim, and Tadd Dameron. Their unique interpreta- tion of "My Romance" recalls the heyday of jazz flute that inspired us in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Okay, we’re all too young to remember that era, but it's sure welcome when it comes from a creative source such as this. Pianist Bill Cunliffe and flutist Holly Hofmann are remarkable artists who push themselves every time out. At times, it's hard to realize that their fingers are really mov- ing that fast. On “One Note Samba", Cunliffe supplies a few surprises to create the essence of a balanced rhythm section. His left hand reaches way down the keyboard and lightly thumps out a deep rhythmic pattern to drive certain choruses. On his original "Bone Crusher," he and Hofmann push their Jazz technique in unison with technically difficult passages that are alternated with beautiful flute overtures. While volume One was a welcome treat, Volume Two unleashes the duo's virtuosic artistry. Highly recommended, both albums provide the essential ingredient for one's permanent jazz CD collection.