Give & Take
Houston Saxophonist Paul Peacock and Pianist Mike Owen have gone beyond the boundaries of musical classification to the point of producing a genre that is intrinsically their own on their latest CD "Give and Take". The two long time collaborators have produced a duo offering that speaks of the art of conversation and draws from Classical and jazz linguistics in a manner that evokes true beauty. The concept for "Give and Take" was born out of a track entitled "Alone With You" from Mike and Paul's previously released CD "Higher Learning." This track explores the conversational nature of music in a duo instrumental configuration. Recognizing that there was more to be said, Paul and Mike focused on writing compositions that would leave space and inspire progressive idea development through interactive improvisation. Every track on "Give and Take" takes you to a different place. The Classically flavored compositions engage the listener on a spiritual level of participation. Their minimalist and conversational architecture allow for exchanges and connections to happen with meaningful and satisfying substance. Tasteful musicality and honest communication make this collection of pieces ground worth reaching for. Paul Peacock's compositions "Morning Song," "Hymn," and "The Mystics" celebrate the simple beauty in life with profound minimalist statements and harmonic tonality which are the center and impetus for improvisation. Paul's "Dora's Dance" was originally a jazz ballad and is reinvented here with an introspective vision. Mike Owen's compositions "Give and Take," "Waiting," and "Alone With You" are works that center around the concept of conversation as it organically occurs. Mike takes a combination approach to composition by juxtaposing harmonics and rhythm in "Love March" and "At the Edge of the Universe." Mike and Paul's conversational sensibilities are equally matched by their musical abilities. Both have a wealth of knowledge and experience in all musical genres. They have a lot to say and say it well with the unobtrusive musical respect they share. Listening to these tracks I often felt the notes and passages could have just as well been words and phrases thinking to myself: "Yes, I see what you are saying. Life is simply beautiful and beautifully simple, if you let it be." - Greg Scott, pianist and painter.