Randy Klein - What's Next

Randy Klein - What's Next

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For the second in his series of Two Duos recordings, pianist-composer, Randy Klein engages in musical conversation on What’s Next?, featuring electric bass guitarist virtuoso Boris Kozlov and guitarist Alex Skolnick. What’s Next?, is the followup to his 2010 acclaimed CD, Sunday Morning, which showcased Klein in duets with trombonist, Chris Washburne and Russian saxophonist, Oleg Kireyev. This outing summons up the delicate interaction of pianist Bill Evans and guitarist Jim Hall on their classic 1962 encounter, Undercurrent, and the crystalline duets over time between Chick Corea and Gary Burton. Alternating tracks with Boris Kozlov, the Russian-born bassist, the longstanding anchor of the Mingus Big Band, and Alex Skolnick , the heavy metal turned jazz guitarist (of Testament and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Klein establishes an indelible hookup in the studio with his versatile duet partners. Whether it’s the tight unisons between piano and guitar on the sprightly opener “Exalted Kingdom” and the challenging number “Casa China” or the intricate interplay between bass and piano on the introspective “Inner Voice” and the floating “Return to Splendor,” there is a high degree of listening that takes place in these intimate sessions. Kozlov’s remarkable fluidity on the electric bass guitar (he is mostly known for his stalwart upright bass playing) is highlighted on Klein’s melodic “Dear Charles Mingus” and the gentle waltz-time number “Tea for Three.” Skolnick, an accomplished player who also leads his own trio, contributes playful call-and-response on the exhilarating “No” while offering shimmering arpeggios and dazzling six-string lines on the beautiful “In the Twilight Hours” and sensitive accompaniment on the classically-informed “Père Lachaise” (named for the Parisian cemetery where author Richard Wright, chanteuse Edith Piaf and rock star Jim Morrison were laid to rest).

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