Review: David Zoffer and Adam Larrabee

David Zoffer and Adam Larrabee
“Courage in Closeness: Live in Boston”
(Zofco Productions)

This disc of acoustic instrumental jazz captured the duo live on a Boston stage at the New England Conservatory where both are professors. The pair’s piano-guitar duets vary from intimate to lively on this exquisite recording. This varied palette of moods culminates in the duo’s take on Joplin’s “Solace”, which is both intimate and lively, that is, playful. This ability to deliver such an artful joy through the two instruments (fostered by a ten-year relationship) makes the CD excellent and uplifting listening pleasure. Think of Bill Evans with Jim Hall.

Tom “Tearaway” Schulte