Jazz

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - John McBeath

Con­sider This Andrea Keller & Tim Wilson In­de­pen­dent Multi-award-win­ning Mel­bourne-based pi­anist Andrea Keller has ap­peared on many record­ings rang­ing from solo piano to large groups, and in 2008 she recorded the duo album Life That Lingers with sax­o­phon­ist Tim Wilson. As with the previous record­ing, this new one is from a live per­for­mance at Ben­netts Lane in Mel­bourne. Both per­form­ers are ac­com­plished com­posers and share cred­its across the seven tracks here. Their mu­si­cal rap­port is noth­ing short of ex­tra­or­di­nary: both play­ers use ex­ten­sive clas­si­cal in­flu­ences in mu­sic that nev­er­the­less main­tains a jazz sen­si­bil­ity. The ti­tle track, by Wilson, opens with a soar­ing alto sax’s theme that would not be out of place in a symphonic per­for­mance, and Keller sup­plies the un­der­ly­ing har­monies.

Life That Lingers from their ear­lier album — Keller’s com­po­si­tion — is also in­cluded, with the piano’s arpeg­gio open­ing and later mov­ing into a fast-run­ning im­pro­vised sax pas­sage. An­other Keller orig­i­nal, All the Colours Grey, opens with a sax­o­phone cadenza of more than four min­utes, hold­ing the at­ten­tion with skil­ful vari­a­tions in speed and tonal­ity. When the piano ar­rives it does so with out-of-tempo solo flour­ishes and im­pos­ing chords, cre­at­ing a stately at­mos­phere that con­tin­ues when the sax­o­phone re­joins to build to a the­matic con­clu­sion.

Wilson’s ‘T’ For Tango breaks out of its Latin rhythm for oc­ca­sional se­quences of al­most un­bear­able fragility and deep sen­su­al­ity and re­sumes with quick alto work over the piano’s fren­zied rhythms.

This col­lec­tion fea­tures a high-qual­ity duo play­ing in un­usual styles that suc­cess­fully blend clas­si­cal con­cepts with im­pro­vi­sa­tion and jazz in­flu­ences.

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