" Perelman and Maneri create miraculous consonances with a completely unique beauty" Herman te Loo, Jazzflits
"a perfect match..a duet like no other..two like-minded individuals of high caliber..they are so close together in timbre, register and mannerisms…Perelman mimics Maneri’s every move during “Part Four” so convincingly, it’s hard to tell he’s playing a sax and not a viola or violin..they found so much common ground that Two Men Walking often sounds like one soul playing. ..S. Victor Aaron, Something Else
"Playing with Mat Maneri, Perelman gets as close as possible to a condition of true artistic unity — the melding of two musical personalities into one" (Neil Tesser)
" the saxophonist's virtuoso skills crop up, and he is able to keep up any conversation whatsoever, even when unisons climb up to the highest pitches..The use of reed hissing—either above or below the viola line—is masterly, almost like a violin or a cello..an unusual dialogue of great expressiveness that stretches the physical boundaries of both instruments." Vittorio Lo Conte, www.musiczoom.it
These chamber-jazz improvisations set about to make beautiful music together. With nary a truculent passage or obstinate note, this disc succeeds on every level.
Mark Corroto, All About Jazz.
"splendid..a dialogue that flows musically at the same way of the grammar settings of a human discussion" Ettore Garcia, http://ettoregarzia.blogspot.it/
Remember, if you haven't already done so. Twenty years ago Three Men Walking, released on ECM, let us discover Mat Maneri with his father the late Joe Maneri, and the audacious guitarist Joe Morris. The microtonal torsions and slides of the Maneris, father and son. Today, Two Men Walking brings together Mat Maneri and the superb Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman. 10 tracks titled Part 1, Part 2, etc. let us discover the infinite mystery of stretched, glissando, fragmented notes in an absolutely awesome symbiotic understanding. A perfect microtonal communion. It's absolutely sublime. "Someone" will accuse tenor saxophonist Ivo Perelman of bringing up "free-jazz" again, but wrongfully, not having listened to these two walking men. It begins like some blend of Frank Lowe and Sonny Rollins, with Mat Maneri's electric viola thrown in! To be sure, it's not exactly "chamber music", as these two improvisers have a rhythmic camber, a drive, even when the tone turns lunar. I'm not going to bother you with a detailed description of the following pieces. I can only assert the pertinence and complicity of the Brazilian saxophonist and the Bostonian violist. They have a wild talent for matching their shared ideas, tone and interval associations, shifts in mood and rhythm, the dilated cries and the most improbable glissandos. Here music breaths, transpires and conspires obstinately, gravely, gently. It is therefore a superb album that will let you discover the hidden aspects of both instruments respectively. So well does the sharing of volutes, counterpoints, accelerandos, and microtonal flow work in a real osmosis, a perfect mutual understanding, that we often forget who's playing the sax or the viola. These guys are made for each other as were for example, in our youth, Evan Parker and Derek Bailey in their 1975 London Concert (Psi). Awesome!
Jean-Michel Van Schouwburg http://orynx-improvandsounds.blogspot.be/2014/09/fou-fou-fou-kowald-lazro-nozati-bailey.html
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