Before the start of Sunday's NBA playoff game, guitarist Carlos Santana and his wife and (jazz) drummer, Cindy Blackman provided a creative rendition of the national anthem--our nation's official song interpreted by guitar and drums, a very interesting and sparse pairing. It got me thinking about interesting and minimal artist/instrument pairings. In particular, those pairings that are more skeletal--like Sunday's anthem, guitar and drums (no bass), and other unusual combinations. In combing through my music library I found two compelling examples of two instruments being "enough" and made them part of this week's show. Oddly, and as luck would have it, both tracks have one musician in common, drummer and pianist, Jack DeJohnette pictured above with guitarist Bill Frisell. Listen "live" and catch these two tracks as well as new releases and excellent classics. If you miss the "live" show you can always catch the all-music, 24/7 "Alloy" station. Thanks for listening! Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP
"A Pair of Pairings"