Mad Duran strikes a balance between the true grit of a real musician and the personal domain of having lived what she plays. Like Bird said,"if you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn." Mad by playing it; what is in her ears and heart, is unconscienciously extended the normal boundaries that categorize standard song forms. In the performance aspect of her playing that will reach everyone on a very, very personal level. The delivery of her message in a word in life. This woman has lived music.
The distinguishing features of Madaline Duran style are simple and beautiful. To the blues to standard songs, Mad's most influential component is melody. The prescribed function of the melody is obvious when she plays. She knows what has come before the melody and what will happen next. This creates a form of deep expression in the solos. You can hear this in her playing.
She is a remarkable and profound performer. Her story is the story of adventure. She is an intellect and has the greatest authority and force because, it's personal. It's coming from a person who loves it. Her music offers everything that life has.