Her First Dance ECM

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - RAY COMISKEY

Alperin’s com­po­si­tions, like his su­perb pi­ano, be­long fully to nei­ther jazz nor classical mu­sic; they’re sui generis en­ti­ties, whole and unique. His mo­tifs, his way of rec­on­cil­ing con­stant har­monic sur­prise with some­thing greater than logic – in­evitabil­ity – re­veal a sin­gu­lar cre­ativ­ity. On this beau­ti­ful album he of­fers five de­cep­tively sim­ple solo pieces along­side a se­ries of ar­rest­ing duets and a trio with long-stand­ing col­leagues Arkady Shilk­loper (french horn/ flugel­horn) and Anja Lech­ner (cello). Al­though Jump is a stun­ning up­tempo solo piece of great del­i­cacy, and the open­ing Vayan mixes both the pen­sive and the quick, the mood is gen­er­ally un­der­stated. But there is a spare, aus­tere yet warm beauty to the cap­ti­vat­ing hes­i­tan­cies of Her First Dance, the moody Ti­flis and Lonely In White, the pointed me­an­der­ing of Via Dolorosa and the ab­sorbingly wrought pi­ano-cello duet, Frozen Tears. A charmer. www.mu­sic con­nec­tion.org.uk

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