JazzTimes - 5/00, p.128
"...[Eddie's] guitar playing is fleet and understood. His soloing is inflected with wit...[and] irresistible swing. Mad is a multi-saxophonist and flutist whose work has substantial traces of Getz and Hank Mobley...and, most important, a distinct personality..."
Personnel: Mad Duran (soprano, alto, & tenor saxophones, alto flute); Eddie Duran (guitar); Al Plank, Mark Levine (piano); Scott Steed, Mark Van Wageningen (bass); Vince Lateano (drums); Raul Ramirez (percussion).
Producers: Frank Dirritie, Mad & Eddie Duran.
Recorded at Bay Records Studio, Berkeley, California and Medanos College, Pittsburg, California on August 22-23 and September 7, 1996. Includes liner notes by Mad and Eddie Duran.
Personnel: Eddie Duran (guitar); Mad & Eddie Duran (flute, alto flute, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Al Plank, Mark Levine (piano); Vince Lateano (drums); Raul Ramirez (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Eddie Duran; Mad & Eddie Duran.
Recording information: Bay Records (08/22/1996-09/07/1996); Bay Records Recording Studio, Berkeley, CA (08/22/1996-09/07/1996); Los Medanos College (08/22/1996-09/07/1996).
Editor: Don Asher.
Photographer: Henry Diltz.
Arrangers: Eddie Duran; Mad & Eddie Duran.
Eddie Duran returns to the recording wars with a refreshingly retooled sound -- this time as co-leader with his wife, saxophonist/flutist Madaline "Mad" Duran. By this time, perhaps partially influenced by his wife being a reed player, Duran was tuning his guitar as a B-flat instrument, and this results in a heavier electric sound that gives these tracks a unique texture when he plays rhythm. Mad is a capable bopster on soprano, alto and tenor, and she handles the flute with a breathy tone. On some tracks, Mad and Eddie make a perfectly satisfying music just as a duo, while on most, they use either a bop rhythm section or a welcome return to the Latin and bossa nova rhythms that influenced Duran in the '60s ("Symphony Sid Samba" is especially nice). They make a seamless transition between "My Favorite Things" and "Take Five" - both played in 5/4 time - deliver a rhythmically off-kilter "Don't Be That Way," and a light-flavored Latin number "Quesadillas" is credited to the pair as -- yes -- Duran-Duran. This album was originally released on their custom Mad Eddie label and picked up by Milestone in 1999. ~ Richard S. Ginell