& Don Schumacher
He Said/She Said: Duets for Two Voices
By George W. Harris
said in the movie The Great Escape, “It’s such a simple idea
as to be absolutely brilliant.” Instead of an a cappella singing
why not just do a bunch of duets, and see how it goes? Well, in these
hands (voices), it works out superbly. Like the Persuasions and Take
Six, Doctor and Schumacher have no overdubs nor band, just a creative
usage of the human voice through an exhilarating mix of standards,
latin and pop on a white knuckler roller coaster ride.
“Honeysuckle Rose” and “I Know That You Know”
partners exchanging lyrics and rhythm section roles in a way that makes
400 yard relays seem pedestrian. They can create auditory subversive
moods as on the Cassavetes sounding “Brandeburg Gate.” They
amazing vocal effects on the funky and foot stomping “Another Bites
Dust” that will have you pounding your fist in the air, while
“Temptation” has the two voices open up like a flower opening
up to the
morning sun. A couple of non lyric tunes (what do you call them? Non
instrument instrumentals?!?) go into the Piazzola songbook, one with a
guest bass vocal, which deliver enchanting sounds throughout. The disc
may seem a bit short at barely over 30 minutes, but there are more
ideas and wonderful sounds here that in a box set of Michael Buble’.
DON’ T MISS OUT ON THIS ONE!