This record reminds me why I love music. It reminds me that music can transform our minds and our souls and the way we see the world.
Each of its eight songs is an improvised duet between Carter’s violin and Sorey on either piano or drums. Each song is like a conversation between two people who are connecting for the first time: at times it’s awkward and vulnerable, at times it’s confusing and overwhelming, but mostly it’s energized and exciting and alive.
I listened to this record on headphones with a glass of wine at the end of a stressful week. It took me back to fifth grade when I got my first FM radio, when I was transfixed by the “block party weekend” on the local rock station, when I heard Zeppelin and Aerosmith and AC/DC for the first time. That weekend led to a decade-long career as a professional musician and a lifelong obsession with music. It transformed my mind and my soul and the way I saw the world.
Listening to this record, listening to Tyshawn and Jennifer getting to know each other, takes me back to why I fell in love with music and why I still love it 40 years later.
Released: January 24, 2020