Allan Harris, voice
Takana Miyamoto, piano
Eloquence. Empathy. Interplay. These are just some of the words that can be used to describe the mellifluous meeting of Tony Bennett and Bill Evans on their storied duo recordings from the 1970s. Few modern musicians have dared to tackle the venerable songbook that these jazz giants made their own – until now.
With the release of Convergence (2012), vocalist Allan Harris and pianist Takana Miyamoto forge a symbiotic sonic bond, saluting the spirit of Bennett and Evans while coining their own musical vocabulary as well. It's an aural affair not to be missed. Striking a delicate stance between deference and discovery, the duo tackles classic cuts like "Waltz For Debby," "Young and Foolish," and "The Touch of Your Lips." And much like the chance meeting that united Harris and Miyamoto in the first place, the album is a celebration of musical possibility.
"I was performing with a Bill Evans tribute trio," Miyamoto recalls. "My agent knew Allan and thought there might be musical chemistry between us. So we played a last-minute gig together at Churchill Grounds in Atlanta, and we ended up recording it. When we heard the tapes, we knew immediately that we had something special. But both of us being busy with other projects, we left the tapes for another time."
Harris and Miyamoto would revisit the recordings from their Atlanta concert years later, eventually opting to re-record the songs properly in a New York studio. "To be honest, we were both scared that we'd lose the magic we found on those live recordings," says Harris. "But I told Takana to trust me. We recorded the whole album in six hours, without any editing or overdubs whatsoever." The result is nothing short of a masterpiece.
New York native Allan Harris has been a longtime fixture on the international music scene, with a seemingly non-stop string of acclaimed concert appearances and recordings. A singer, songwriter, and guitarist of great musical gifts and stylistic flexibility, he sings jazz, blues, and Broadway standards with elegance and ease.
Takana Miyamoto was born in Yuki, Japan, leaving at the age of 19 to study film composition at Berklee College of Music. While there, she discovered jazz and has since become an award-winning jazz pianist, in addition to garnering acclaim for her compositions for film, theater, and dance.
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