Four Stars. The music produced by New Artists Records doesn't take into account the demands of the market. The results are unusual CDs like the duet of singer Dori Levine and pianist Michael Levy. We're talking about free improvisations and two famous standards that Levine's voice transforms almost into contemporary pieces. Her hallucinated interpretations, above all, of the evergreen "Lover Man" catch the nature of this standard, a piece where it is surely difficult to say something new, but this duet succeeds with this intention around the piano with the diction so unique and so grounded in the Jazz tradition. On the other side, Dori Levine gives life to the text with her voice so profound to attract the attention on every syllable pronounced; exploring the deep meaning of the words to give them a new dimension to the listeners. Perhaps we can compare with the great Jeanne Lee, for example, the duet of this Afro-American singer with the pianist Ran Blake recorded in the 60's. The free improvisations of the duet have not much to do with academic character, they breathe Jazz, it's voices, it's notes, it's diction, it's smoky nights, a dialog in the free idiom that can insert two standards and can attract the listeners used only to mainstream or to creative music.
Vittorio Lo Conte for All About Jazz Italy. Translated by Giacomo Franci.
Frank Rubolino, Cadence Magazine, August 1999
John Murph, Jazz Times, June 1999
MICHAEL LEVY AT GREENWICH HOUSE
"One of the most uniquely individual pianists currently abroad. This is very rich music. After listening to the disc repeatedly, each rehearing still yields up new barks and berries."
"Michael Levy reveals fresh perspectives on some jazz classics, virtually creating new identities for them in both form and feeling. The improvisational flow is allowed to cut new channels through these pieces, opening up byways and hidden crannies."
Lois Moody, Jazz News
ON THE SPOT
"Levy is a proficient and demanding improviser."