Alex Harding - baritone saxophone
Lucian Ban - piano
Detroit born baritone saxophonist extraordinaire Alex Harding and Transylvanian expat pianist Lucian Ban are celebrating the Sunnyside Records release of their long awaited duet DARK BLUE. The album showcases Mr. Harding, one of the most important baritone saxophonists of the past decades, in a program of duets with longtime collaborator pianist Lucian Ban – a unique amalgamation of original pieces and improvisations informed by traditions of jazz, blues, and European chamber music.
From blues to spontaneous pieces, from ballads that seem to channel Ben Webster and Archie Sheep, from intricate bass clarinet & piano duets to a heartfelt solo baritone tribute to the late master Hamiet Bluiett, DARK BLUE represents a stunning document of two artists at their maturity, two old friends conversing in the language of modern jazz. Alex Harding has played extensively with Julius Hemphill’s Saxophone Sextet, Hamiett Bluiett, The Mingus Big Band, Muhal Richard Abrams and Lester Bowie. Lucian Ban has played with Abraham Burton, John Hèbert, Mat Maneri, Barry Altschul and Bob Stewart.
“Soul-stirring dialogues, lyrical tapestries of sound…magical moments throughout this pleasurable and incisive set.” (All About Jazz)