|>Ohio-born trumpeter Duke Heitger and Bavarian pianist Bernd Lhotzky here find mutual links in stride and swing jazz and make a little fresh history together, performing as equal jousters in earnest, good-humored musical conversations.<
(writer for Downbeat Magazine and All About Jazz, and teacher at Berklee College of Music)
>The coupling of Heitger and Lhotsky was, indeed, a stroke of brilliance. There have been memorable tandems of horn and piano, such as Ruby Braff and Ellis Larkins, Sammy Price and Doc Cheatham, Eldridge and Bolling, Braff and Sutton and, more recently, Louis Mazetier and Peter Ecklund. This effort of Heitger and Lhotsky deserves a share of prominence with the aforementioned duos and, I believe, some may even say that they should be regarded as among the best.
'Doin’ the Voom Voom' is a collection of seventeen tunes, most of them familiar titles, but a few that have not been often performed or recorded. The compositions come from the pens of Gershwin, Kern, Rodgers, Hart, Ellington, James P. Johnson and Willard Robison, to name a few. The moods and tempos are varied and interesting. Most of all, these two gifted musicians play seamlessly and symbiotically while demonstrating amazing technique on their instruments. Lhotsky provides more than enough rhythm, absent bass and drums. Heitger’s explorations are thoughtful, yet bursting with familiarity, and Bernd’s solo play is fluid and inventive. The result is one of the best recordings out of Arbors in recent times and one that will certainly be enjoyed play after play.<