Like many other musicians stationed in New York, saxophonist Ingrid Laubrok and pianist Kris Davis are immigrants to the town. Davis moved from Canada in 2001, and Laubrok was born and raised in Germany. After that, she lived in the UK for almost a decade, to finally arrive in the USA in 2009. They were both part of several bands and projects and also numerous lineups of eminent jazz musicians, like Anthony Braxton or Rob Mazurek and Nick Fraser. They were simultaneously present at each other’s individual projects. At one point, Laubrok liaised with Tom Rainey for an uncommon collaboration, and Davis signed a project with eight different duets alongside Tim Berne, Craig Taborn and Angelica Sanchez. ”Blood Moon”, their first recording as a duo, exploits their exacting attunement to each other’s idiosyncratic moves. Every one of the album’s nine pieces is a distinct absorbing world unto itself. “Over the years we’ve just developed a certain language that’s our language,” says Laubrock. “We wrote most of the music specifically for the record, but didn’t have an overarching concept. I don’t know many people I could do this with other than Kris,” she claims. “Musically, we are kindred spirits”.concept. I don’t know many people I could do this with other than Kris,” she claims. “Musically, we are kindred spirits”.
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