A wonderful pairing of talents – the moody, enigmatic piano of Ran Blake
– and the sharp-toned alto of Anthony Braxton
! The set's a sublime piano/sax duet to match similar experiments by Mal Waldron and Marion Brown, or Archie Shepp and Dollar Brand – and it's an added plus for folks like us who dig the straighter side of Braxton
's playing – as the set's mostly built around jazz standards, which are put forth in these core, blocky, modernist modes by Blake
– then given a soulful finish on the top by Braxton
! Titles include "Four", "Soul Eyes", "Just Friends", "Round Midnight", and "Yardbird Suite".