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Birchall & Woolhouse: The Scenery of Life Unfolding (2014)

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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
Charlie Haden
Charlie Haden
1937 - 2014
bass, acoustic
is a master of the approach, proof of which can be found on his teamings with pianists Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
b.1945
piano
and Hank Jones
Hank Jones
Hank Jones
1918 - 2010
piano
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
Marc Copland
Marc Copland
b.1948
piano
and bassist Gary Peacock
Gary Peacock
Gary Peacock
b.1935
bass
, a subtle, spacious, understated gem of the genre.

Now bassist Shannon Birchall and pianist Jeremy Woolhouse
Jeremy Woolhouse
Jeremy Woolhouse
b.1977
piano
, based in Australia, combine their talents on the inward-looking The Scenery of Life Unfolding, a follow-up to pianist Woodhouse's solo outing, Persistence of Dreaming (Self Produced, 2013).

Woolhouse, who composed all the music on The Scenery of Life Unfolding, creates tunes that are spacious, brooding, unpretentious in their delivery, and unfailingly lovely. His dialogues with Birchall have cinematic feeling—a laying out of life's passages that are meant to be savored and deeply considered. He is philosophic in his making of music. With his supple touch, classically-tinged harmonics, and his beautiful way with a melody, comparisons to Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
wouldn't be out of line.

The music of here has a feeling a depth and erudition, infused with moments of folk song simplicity and child like wonder at the artists' immersion of in-the-moment experience of The Scenery of Life Unfolding.

Track Listing: Echoes in Emptiness; Virtual Affection; Four Hours Out of Heathrow; Lost Friends; Darkening Shadows; Optimists' Folly; Bubbles Rising; Tears for the Summer; The Scenery of Life Unfolding; The Third Person.

Personnel: Jeremy Woolhouse: piano; Shannon Brichall: bass.

Record Label: Self Produced

Style: Contemporary/Smooth


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