Tracks 2, 4, 5, 8, 10, 12 by Pandelis Karayorgis (Stray Line Publishing, ASCAP)
Tracks 3, 7, 11 by Jeb Bishop (BMI)
Tracks 1, 6, 9 by Jeb Bishop (BMI)/Pandelis Karayorgis (Stray Line Publishing, ASCAP)
Recorded June 8, 2022 by Pandelis Karayorgis
Mixed and mastered by Antonio Oliart
Driff Records was formed in 2012 by pianist Pandelis Karayorgis and reeds/electronics player Jorrit Dijkstra, two European musicians who settled in Boston, Massachusetts, in order for each to have a stable release platform for their respective projects. Karayorgis appears on the three albums under consideration here. Each release highlights a particular aspect of his efforts to sustain a creative life in a town not particularly known for its friendliness to improvised music.
Boston's creative jazz scene is small, so when a new musician appears, their impact is felt. Trombonist Jeb Bishop and bassist Damon Smith have both come and gone, and Duals spotlights the virtues they brought to the scene. It’s a triple CD of duets by the three duos possible when you add Karayorgis to their number. While the balance between composition and improvisation varies from duo to duo, the players’ instincts and personalities come to the fore. Bishop brings loves for melody, sound effects, and a lot of heart; Karayorgis articulates complex structures with maximum clarity; Smith brings stern conviction and chops to match, demanding the most of his partners. This music is tough, smart, and sugar-free. Bill Meyer, The Wire - February 2023 (Issue 468)