John Abercrombie & Andy Laverne - The Art of the Duo (The Art of the Duo). By John Abercrombie & Andy Laverne. For Guitar (All). Boxed, Concert/Documentary. Mel Bay Records. Jazz. DVD. Duration 69 minutes. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.21277DVD).
This DVD recording of John Abercrombie and Andy LaVerne is the most recent in a musical and personal relationship that has spanned some 25 years. In the past, John and Andy usually played some standard material; but for this project, only original songs by the two of them were recorded. In this way, the performance of the duo is more personal than ever. The emphasis here is the interaction and blend of the instruments, as opposed to just the individual solos. In the duo, things become more exposed and the responsibility of each player becomes greater. It's a challenging and also extremely rewarding situation.