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with Mark Edwards Live at Appleby Jazz Festival

Artist: John Donaldson

Date of Release: 25/02/2006

Catalogue no: 860

Label: Trio

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Track Listing

No

 

Title

Duration

1

 

Sea Journey

8.47

2

 

Dis Here

9.01

3

 

Loro

7.00

4

 

Light Blue

7.59

5

 

I will say goodbye

3.16

6

 

We will meet again

3.41

7

 

Man from Tanganiyka

7.08

 

 

 

 


This music was recorded live at the Appleby Jazz Festival where there is an occasional policy of taking musicians out of their comfort zone and asking them to do something they have never done before. One of these risk taking exercises is to put two pianos on stage and ask some of the great jazz pianists we have in Britain today to choose their partner and take the stage. In 2005 Mark Edwards and John Donaldson took up the challenge to sit down opposite each other for the first time in front of an audience of around 500 people. The result was one of the most outstanding hours of music in the festival’s long history.

Such is the experience and skill of these two world class pianists that not for one secondwould you imagine that they had never played this music together before, and with theacoustically matched pair of Bechstein pianos it is nearly impossible to separate out who plays what. Released from the confines of a standard jazz trio, and the well learnt ways of accompanying drums, bass and saxophone, they seem to enter the unfamiliar musical landscape provided by two keyboards with a sense of freedom and a simple joy in making music together. Totally absorbing themselves and everybody else in the magic of what was happening, they produced a spell binding hour of music that set the whole festival audience talking for the rest of the festival and for weeks after.

There is no formula for producing this sort of musical experience, it usually happens in a live performance and is lost forever. Luckily this time, state of the art recording equipment was at hand to capture it, and the result is this very, very special CD.

Neil Ferber

Appleby Jazz Festival

 

Reviews

 

12/12/2006 Irish Times

An essential CD of the year

 

01/04/0006 Ray Comiskey Irish Times

JOHN DONALDSON/MARK EDWARDS Live at Appleby Jazz Festival *****

It's straining credibility to claim, as this album's sleeve note does, that these two brilliant pianists had never duetted before - some routines must have been worked out beforehand. But the intuitive mutual understanding they show here in their improvised excursions is remarkable, and the constant risk-taking is matched by an equal measure of success. A decidedly unhackneyed programme, full of variety, helps; they combine on pieces by Chick Corea (Sea Journey), Bobby Timmons (Dis Here), Egberto Gismonti (Lôro), Monk (Light Blue) and Tyner (Man from Tanganiyka). And their solo features reveal a shared influence: Edwards chose Bill Evans's We Will Meet Again and Donaldson Evans's I Will Say Goodbye. It's one of those happy live occasions that turned out to be memorable. www.triorecords.co.uk

Ray Comiskey Irish Times

 

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