Two Voices In the Desert
Perry Robinson & Burton Greene
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||Syl's Freylekhs||Burton Greene & Perry Robinson||4:00||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||A Lamentation||Burton Greene & Perry Robinson||5:25||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Burty's Freylekhs||Burton Greene & Perry Robinson||6:21||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Deser Suite: Desert Wanderers / Eitan||Burton Greene & Perry Robinson||15:18||Album Only||View in iTunes|
||Song for My Friend Burton||Burton Greene & Perry Robinson||5:48||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Ella Turtella||Burton Greene & Perry Robinson||3:47||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Der Kats Zogt a Miowke||Burton Greene & Perry Robinson||5:15||$1.29||View in iTunes|
Clarinetist Perry Robinson and pianist Burton Greene have a history dating back to the heady days of mid-'60s New York, though they didn’t formally record together until Greene assembled projects like Klezmokum and Klez-Edge. Two Voices in the Desert brings the pair together for a program of Jewish and Jewish-themed music, and their duo improvisations touch on the folk roots of Eastern European classical music and timeworn, familiar melodies. Greene’s pianism recalls Horace Silver and Lennie Tristano, as well as the music of Erik Satie, eliding from pointillism to bluesy swagger on the opening “Syl’s Freylekhs.” The companion “Burty’s Freylekhs” employs a glassy insistence, emphasizing the keyboard’s broad range in a near-continuous rollick, with Robinson’s soft and woody commentary offsetting Greene’s orchestral tendencies. “Desert Suite” starts with a piano-ocarina duet; the piano chords and ornaments are alternately airy and massive as a keening clarinet pushes toward sideways warbles and under-the-hood rustles. The second half of the track, “Eitan,” is spiky yet conversational, and like all of the pieces here, shows an extraordinary amount of empathy.
Born: September 17, 1938 in New York, NY
Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s