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For Living Lovers, featuring Brandon Ross and Stomu Takeishi, mesmerizes the Yamaha salon: Video

For Living Lovers — an improvising chamber duo composed of Brandon Ross on acoustic guitar and Stomu Takeishi on acoustic bass guitar — makes quietude feel like anything but a restriction.

In a recent performance at the WBGO Yamaha Salon in midtown Manhattan, its music felt expansive and spacious, setting the stage for an immersive sort of listening.

Ross and Takeishi first met in the mid-1990s, bound by a mutual association with composer and multi-reedist Henry Threadgill. Introducing their set, I pointed out that they both appear on a list of my Favorite Jazz Shows of 2018 — Takeishi as a member of Myra Melford’s Snowy Egret, and Ross as one-third of Harriet Tubman.

Brandon Ross, one half of For Living Lovers, at the WBGO Yamaha Salon on Feb. 27, 2019.

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