Allison Miller, Carmen Staaf – Nearness (2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 46:37 minutes | 751 MB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Sunnyside
As relationships evolve, a special language can develop between partners. This language can foster new ways of approaching syntax and messages that have been often repeated. The duo of drummer Allison Miller and pianist Carmen Staaf found their voices together with repeated, enthusiastic involvement in a variety of musical settings.
The onset of the Covid-19 pandemic made it necessary for social distancing necessary in all aspects of life. Miller and Staaf’s response to this distancing was to heighten their intimacy through music. Their new recording, Nearness, shows just how much their bond has grown and their creativity has blossomed.
Miller and Staaf were originally introduced by bassist Todd Sickafoose in 2015. The two jumped right into a productive partnership, including monthly “lab sessions,” where they would meet and rehearse their new musical ideas. The two found that they had a very special improvisatory and rhythmic chemistry. Their initial discoveries were documented on their debut album together, Science Fair (Sunnyside 2018).
1-1. Allison Miller – Dan Dan (06:12)
1-2. Allison Miller – Blue Thrush (03:09)
1-3. Allison Miller – Top Shelf (06:45)
1-4. Allison Miller – Nearness of You (03:12)
1-5. Allison Miller – New York Landing (05:52)
1-6. Allison Miller – Birds (05:17)
1-7. Allison Miller – Beans And Rice (04:59)
1-8. Allison Miller – Ask Me Now (03:23)
1-9. Allison Miller – MLW (05:01)
1-10. Allison Miller – Chant (02:43)