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The Art of the Duo

by Peggy Stern / Su Terry

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Bon a Bon 05:05
Mrs. Martin 06:31
Hawk & Crow 04:49
Taking Sides 05:52
I get an outdoor gig, you can bet your life it rains I try to practice saxophone, the guy upstairs complains Have a gig this evening, but my tux has ketchup stains Everything happens to me My boyfriend plays the piano like he's driving over bumps But he plays all the nice hotels and I play all the dumps I lost all my gigs last month because I had the mumps Everything happens to me I guess I should have taken mother's sound advice and gotten married to a billionaire But being rich and famous always has its price I can't deal with the makeup and the hair I guess I'll keep on working though the gigs I have are few I'm too old to die young, and the rent is almost due Consulted with my psychic but she hasn't got a clue Everything happens to me
Pinteca 04:35


This album was recorded live at The Palladium in St. Petersburg, Florida on March 20, 2010

"I first experienced duo playing during my tenure with Lee Konitz, and we played many gigs in this format. When we first began, Lee said, "Don't play a role, just play the piano." This was truly liberating for me: I didn't need to walk the bass, or stick to comping chords, or playing 'time' –it could all be implied and subtly stated. I was free to just play. I have always enjoyed the intimacy and conversational nature of this type of musical exchange; it's a ost creative, exposed mode of improvisation.

Su and I have a wonderful chemistry together; our music is very organized but very free, with lots of roomfor improvising, and our compositional senses are a good match. We also share a sense of history and humor, and get to laughing together and with the audience; it's very fun and very musical." –Peggy

"Duo playing is one of the most exciting experiences in improvised music. There's no coasting on the rhythm section, no relying on your stocklicks, no filler. It's like a tennis match, but the goal isn'tto compete. Rather, the players are creating thisamazing volley of music, never knowing what surprises will appear–and the audience is along for the ride!

I've been playing improvisational duos since college, and it's wonderful to find a duo partner like Peggy who can lob 'em into my court and keep me on my game. I try to do the same for her. It seems to be working." –Su


released January 23, 2021

Peggy Stern: piano
Su Terry: saxophone, clarinet, vocal
Recording engineer: Jim Bennett, WMNF FM Tampa
Cover photo by Alex Spassoff

Su Terry is a Yamaha Artist. She plays Jody Jazz mouthpieces and ligatures and Légère reeds.


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