What can you say about this recording of 100 original duets other than that they are different. Each duet in Celebrations is motivated and inspired by different people, different places, and different experiences. But don’t let the word “inspired” fool you. The duets that are inspired by Eddie’s experiences as salsa trumpet player are not genuine salsa. The baroque inspired duets do not sound like genuine baroque music.
Many of the duets you will hear in this album have sounds that you have never heard before. Others will sound familiar in ways that will make you say, “I just can’t put my finger on it.”
In what would seem like a limited format for composition, Eddie has thoroughly explored as many harmonic, melodic, rhythmic and contrapuntal possibilities for two trumpets as time would allow – and by that, we mean, five years of his time. If viewed as a single opus, it is a massive work of creativity.
That said, every one of these duets is a genuine musical composition. They are not “just duets”. They are legitimate works of art, each one telling a different story or transporting you to a different place in your mind.