Steel & Bamboo
is somewhat less forbidding than much of Robert Dick
's solo work, consisting almost entirely of duets between Dick
and fellow flute virtuoso Steve Gorn
. It opens with "Lapis Blues," a pseudo-Korean workout based on a blues scale in which Gorn's bansuri acts as the "acoustic memory" of Dick
's stainless steel flute, which is played in such a way as to imitate the sound of an electric instrument. Very cool. "Calaveras Jump" is a delightful romp based on the popular short story by Mark Twain, while "Tongue and Groove," the disc's aptly-named closing number, is a charming, fluttering miniature. It's not pop music, nor can it probably be called classical in any meaningful sense of the word. It certainly is challenging, but it's worth the effort it takes to listen and absorb.