Still newly acquainted at the time, world-class guitarists John Scofield and John Abercrombie seemed utterly in sync when the fellow Connecticut natives cut this off-the-cuff collection in 1982-83 wit

Still newly acquainted at the time, world-class guitarists John Scofield and John Abercrombie seemed utterly in sync when the fellow Connecticut natives cut this off-the-cuff collection in 1982-83 with ace producer Orrin Keepnews. Long out of print, Solar may come as news to even veteran fans. The mix of material is astute: the Miles Davis title track, numbers by Wes Montgomery and Tadd Dameron, and the Bill Evans-associated standard "I Should Care," plus two Abercrombie originals and a Scofield tune. Scofield eschews some of his usual grit in favor of Abercrombie's quicksilver sound; the result is shimmering, telepathic. It's odd that some major label didn't rescue Solar from obscurity long ago (since it is as good as Scofield's hit duet disc with Pat Metheny). Still, it's just as welcome now. The German West Wind label is distributed in North America by Allegro.—BB