Two celebrities, one playing the piano and the other the tenor saxophone. They form a duo that easily enthralls an audience. ‘The kind of advanced conversational intimacy only master players achieve,’ as Jazzwise magazine’s Kevin le Gendre stated. Billy Harper (1943) is one of those broad-shouldered saxophonists from Texas, whose sound is deeply appreciated by his musical partner Randy Weston (1926): ‘Billy's sound comes straight out of Africa. That cry he gets in his sound, it reaches your soul.’ Weston, a titan of the piano (who already appeared on stage at the first edition of North Sea Jazz in 1976) has delved deep into the African sources of his music throughout his career, which can be heard on his brilliant The Spirits Of Our Ancestors from 1991, for example. He has been working with Harper since 1974. In 2013 the duo released the album The Roots Of The Blues.