Felix Peikli & Joe Doubleday – It’s Showtime
A duet backed by an adept rhythm section makes the past the present, and with vigor. Clarinetist Felix Peikli and vibist Joe Doubleday present It’s Showtime! (2016).
They are accompanied by Rossano Sportiello, piano; Russell Hall, acoustic bass; and Ralph Peterson Jr., drums. Vocalist Charles Turner appears on the ballad, “La vie en Rose.”
“After You’ve Gone” opens the set. It’s a sunny, delightful take on the Turner Layton composition. Peikli leads the melody, with Doubleday offering a subtle undertone. Sportiello gets to stretch out a bit during one middle break. Then after the clarinet, the vibraphone takes a turn, rolling through an impressive, rapid fire interlude. Peikli and Doubleday then lead a sequence of unison riffs, accented with solos by Hall and Peterson. The musicians pack a lot into a piece that’s just short of five minutes running time.