Koko Pirouet ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REVIEWS - Ray Comiskey

This vibes/marimba-pi­ano duo in­habit a world part jazz, part classical, with such deft and seam­less mu­tual un­der­stand­ing that its nat­u­ral­ness be­lies the skill and mu­si­cian­ship be­hind it. In mood it’s some­what rem­i­nis­cent of Corea/Han­cock’s Crys­tal Si­lence, with the qual­i­fi­ca­tions that that im­plies; del­i­cate, of­ten quite beau­ti­ful, doesn’t over-reach, adeptly in­vokes a mood or scene, but is some­times a bit pre­cious. And evo­ca­tion doesn’t al­ways sit eas­ily with struc­tural de­vel­op­ment. Yet that isn’t the point of this fre­quently lovely mu­sic; at its best it works im­pres­sively within its own terms, es­pe­cially Rain on With­ered Flow­ers, Choral and the splen­did duet­ting and in­ter­change of leads on The Elf and Skin-Coloured Clouds. And, some­how, de­spite the reser­va­tions, it grows on you. www.pirouet-records.com

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