Eric Legnini and Charles Loos, Growlin' Faces, Igloo ***1/2

Another two-piano record. But the twist here is that both Belgian players Eric Legnini and Charles Loos alternate between piano and Rhodes electric piano for extra piquancy and a lot more groove. Stylistically very different to the Wollny-Kühn …

Published: 26 Jan 2024. Updated: 32 days.

Another two-piano record. But the twist here is that both Belgian players Eric Legnini and Charles Loos alternate between piano and Rhodes electric piano for extra piquancy and a lot more groove. Stylistically very different to the Wollny-Kühn recording Duo also released today you're more in a modern mainstream domain, sometimes landing in a Chick Corea-like mood on 'Doo We Doo' or on Charles Loos' title track, other times even more groovy and latinate, the tunes are originals and some work better than others. I didn't really care for 'S and P' but liked the more groove laden 'Cent quarente' and 'Boda Boda' right at the beginning far more on what is overall a pleasant listen. SG

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Michael Wollny and Joachim Kühn, Duo, ACT ***1/2

While these two great pianists aren't appearing at the annual two-piano Steinway festival coming up at Pizza Express Jazz Club next month, Duo certainly whets the appetite again in terms of the art of the two-piano recording ahead of the annual …

Published: 26 Jan 2024. Updated: 32 days.

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While these two great pianists aren't appearing at the annual two-piano Steinway festival coming up at Pizza Express Jazz Club next month, Duo certainly whets the appetite again in terms of the art of the two-piano recording ahead of the annual festival. Both Michael Wollny and Joachim Kühn, who is 80 next month, have been on the issuing label ACT for years - Kühn is one of Europe's greatest pianist improvisers and Wollny, some 34 years younger, Germany's leading jazz pianist of his generation. Mostly originals plus a version of Ornette Coleman's 'Somewhere' there is also a tribute to Joachim's late brother Rolf, a piece that appeared on the excellent Komeda album last year. The most maximalist statement here is the thunderously free 'Aktiv' but that isn't completely characteristic of the album as a whole which contains a variety of approaches and is well stocked with tenderly intimate moments especially on 'Vienna Pitch' and the earlier sections of 'Eclat'. Beautifully recorded particularly well captured are the lower, darker tones of the Steinways used, what a must-have for fans of both musicians. Out today