Pedal (Chris Abrahams + Simon James Pillips) - Pedal

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FOR FANS OF: Morton Feldman, Terry Riley, Erik Satie

FILE UNDER: The Necks, Minimal Music, Piano Music

"Beauty is a rare thing" - duo improvisations for two pianos

Chris Abrahams (The Necks, Sydney):
Jazz, be-bop, hard-bop, free, rock 'n' roll, Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans, improvisation, Terry Riley, and dare I say... Little Richard.

Simon James Phillips (Sydney):
Concert hall, opera house, chamber works, Grieg, Janacek, Feldman, Ives, old-school, new-school, classically trained pianist, conductor, pedagogue.

The music:
What are they thinking? These guys are doing a record of acoustic piano music in this day and age! And let me tell you something, my prejudice was totally crushed within the first minute of listening to this cd.
Just when I was thinking two grand pianos, four hands have nothing to say in this 21st century... Yes, we have two grand pianos, four hands, and two brilliant minds! Both
players were drawing from their unique musical gene pool. Every single piece of music on this recording was fully improvised. I was making little imaginary film clips in my head to all seven improvisations on this cd. A range of emotions was deeply felt.

To borrow a phrase from Mr. Ornette Coleman in relation to his view about the state of music in general... "Beauty is a rare thing". Well, here is that rare thing.

The endless stream of credentials for both Simon and Chris could easily be found on many related websites. You should explore at your leisure. Both of these musical soldiers are highly decorated.

track listing:

1. Security
2. The Afterwards
3. Performance
4. Burgeon
5. Sump
6. Herzog
7. The Passenger