is one of the finest and most versatile pianists working in New Orleans today.
Trumpeter Connie Jones is one of New Orleans' greatest and most under-appreciated treasures.
Together, these two perform fabulous duets packed with vitality and profound musicality that also showcase McDermott's composing talents.
The two men on this disc are poets of sound, one a native New Orleanian and the other a transplant from upriver, both New Orleans musicians through and through. Tom McDermott, from St. Louis (always a great piano town), is not just one of the finest and most versatile pianists working currently in the Crescent City but one of the best composers working in American vernacular music today. His partner, here, trumpeter and cornetist Connie Jones, is one of New Orleans' greatest and most undersung musical treasures. -- Tom Piazza, author of eight books, including Why New Orleans Matters and the novel My Cold War.