From the Vaults, Vol. 4: Duets with Friends

Howard Levy

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As the crowning jewel from Howard's musical vaults, “Duets with Friends” shines with the light of spontaneous creativity. While there are still more unheard treasures, this album is the fourth and last of the "From the Vaults" series.

Paired up with some of Chicago’s greatest musicians- Joe Rendon (congas), Willy Schwarz (tabla & mridangam),

As the crowning jewel from Howard's musical vaults, “Duets with Friends” shines with the light of spontaneous creativity. While there are still more unheard treasures, this album is the fourth and last of the "From the Vaults" series.

Paired up with some of Chicago’s greatest musicians- Joe Rendon (congas), Willy Schwarz (tabla & mridangam), Kelly Sill (upright bass), and Anthony Molinaro (piano), Howard creates deep, grooving, exploratory improvisations, blending Indian, Latin, and Jazz styles together into a unique sonic stew.

Howard Levy - piano and harmonica

Joe Rendon - congas

Willy Schwarz - tabla and mridangam

Kelly Sill - upright bass

Anthony Molinaro - piano

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Duets with Friends Download (.wav)
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For those who prefer a more hi-res sound than mp3s, we offer an alternative download choice (44.1khz / 16 bit .wav files), identical in sound to a CD.

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From the Vaults 4-CD Bundle

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Package includes: Harmonica Jazz, The NBV Quintet, Howard and Jethro: Super Session of Swing, and Duets with Friends.

【From the Vaults】:Over Howard Levy’s long musical career, he has recorded on hundreds of albums and put out many of his own. In 2018, he started releasing some of the best music he ever

10% off sale. Howard will sign ONE CD for you.

Package includes: Harmonica Jazz, The NBV Quintet, Howard and Jethro: Super Session of Swing, and Duets with Friends.

【From the Vaults】:Over Howard Levy’s long musical career, he has recorded on hundreds of albums and put out many of his own. In 2018, he started releasing some of the best music he ever recorded that never came out on CDs. The “From the Vaults” series contains 4 of these brilliant recordings done over a 25- year span, in styles including Acoustic Swing, World Music, Jazz, Latin Jazz, and Blues. Preserved on tape, cassettes, and digital audiotape, the sound quality on all four recordings is excellent, and the music adventurous, surprising, and bursting with creativity.

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From the Vaults, Vol. 3: Howard and Jethro - Super Session of Swing: CD
  • From the Vaults, Vol. 3: Howard and Jethro - Super Session of Swing: CD
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"... I had no idea that I had a recording of this concert until I started going through thousands of old cassettes in my attic. I found this one marked Super Session of Swing Master. Excited, I popped it into my cassette deck. The first notes brought back great memories, and the cassette, recorded straight from the board, sounded really good.

I digitized it, cleaned up the sound a little, and after 36 years, here it is. Jethro’s spoken intros are included as separate tracks, because his humor is an essential part of the Jethro experience- my face was often frozen into a permanent smile when we were on stage... "

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BEHIND THE SCENES

I had a great time talking with conga master José Rendon about his early days as a trumpet player(!), our years as bandmates in Chévere de Chicago, and remembering what it felt like to spontaneously improvise & record the 2 compositions on “Duets with Friends”. Joe’s warmth, wit, and intellect shine through in this conversation.

To celebrate the new album, I had a sit-down with Willy Schwarz, who is a percussion guru, also my long-time musical partner. We talked about the concepts behind the 2 tunes on the album, how we improvised and recorded them.