Although pianist Ran Blake has made memorable recordings ranging from solo performances to collaborations with symphony orchestras, since his debut in 1962 much of his oeuvre has been devoted to duets, where his accomplishments place him in elite jazz company. Lately Blake has been working one-on-one a lot with female vocalists, but Vilnius Noir pairs him with electric guitarist David “Knife” Fabris, whose dark tone, use of space, and playful spirit make him a perfect foil for his long-term teacher. Blake is miserly with notes—but that doesn’t mean he can’t plunk down dissonant chords when you least expect it and then offset those with lyrical passages. A mix of duets and solos recorded in a church, Vilnuis Noir features originals and standards, including Jobim’s “Desafinado,” Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour,” and Fabris’ stunningly original reading of Ellington’s “Mood Indigo.” This vinyl-only release is from NoBusiness Records, a Lithuanian jazz label that’s already put out dozens of vinyl LPs (and CDs too). Fortunately Vilnius Noir is graced with a quiet pressing and a closely-miked, intimate recording.