Album: Ralph Towner and Paolo Fresu, Chiaroscuro, (ECM)

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Spare and mournful, Sunday-morning coffee and croissants music from the duo of veteran guitarist and Oregon founder Towner and the superb Sardinian trumpeter Fresu, who also plays a mean flugelhorn.

There are a few moments when Towner’s nylonstringed, oh so sensitive noodling sounds too soft focus and New-Agey but Fresu – who one feels could cope with 10 times as many notes – is on great, soulful form. Their version of the Kind of Blue classic “Blue in Green” is the obvious stand out.