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Birchall & Woolhouse: The Scenery of Life Unfolding

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Piano trio albums--piano, bass and drums--may be the more common means of artistic expression in jazz, but piano/bass duet sets come long fairly often, too. Bassist Charlie Haden is a master of the approach, proof of which can be found on his teamings with pianists Keith Jarrett and Hank Jones on, respectively, Jasmine (ECM Records, 2011) and Come Sunday (EmArcy, 2012); and add to the list of superb pairing 2011's Insight (Pirouet Records, 2009), with pianist Marc Copland and bassist Gary Peacock, a subtle, spacious, understated gem of the genre. Now bassist Shannon Birchall and pianist Jeremy Woolhouse, ...

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Jeremy Woolhouse: The Persistence of Dreaming

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Dreams and reality have an odd relationship that's neither completely antagonistic nor complementary; either one can influence the other, as thoughts bleed across different worlds in obvious or subtle fashion, but they exist in separate realms. Minute-to-minute, real life actualities and imagined, in-the-mind occurrences are inextricably linked, yet permanently separated by an impassable divide, and this paradox is at the heart of The Persistence Of Dreaming. Australian pianist Jeremy Woolhouse takes a gentle journey through the recesses of the conscious and unconscious mind during this suite for solo piano. Ruminative excursions, plaintive paintings and measured melodic explorations ...

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Jeremy Woolhouse: The Persistence of Dreaming

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The translation of melancholy into music can be a beautiful thing in any genre. Jazz, with its focus, on improvisation (to varying degrees), allows an artist to explore the nuances of mood. A framework that gives way to in-the-moment rumination or flights of fancy can make for the most evocative of sounds.Melbourne, Australia-based pianist Jeremy Woolhouse goes solo on The Persistence of Dreaming, presenting a suite-like set of original tunes remarkable for their brooding cohesion and memorable lyricism. For a musician who switched from trombone and didn't get serious with the piano until he was nineteen years old, ...



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