The way they interact can only be described as telepathic. They combine inventiveness with technical perfection. Aki Takase and Daniel Erdmann have rehearsed a great deal together, and you can see it. But most importantly, they have a lot to tell each other and us. The precision with which they master unisons and rapid tempo changes does not stand in the way of their flight into the open, but rather opens the doors to it. And the desire for free, individual expression and the admiration for the jazz tradition led Aki Takase and Daniel Erdmann almost instinctively to Ellington.