Brian Kellock - The Nine Mile Burn Sessions (4 stars)

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Brian Kellock - The Nine Mile Burn Sessions

(Thick Records)

JAZZ

It has been too a long a wait for a follow up to pianist Brian Kellock’s award-winning Live At Henry’s set. This album is an excellent launch for a potentially significant new recording project from Cathie Rae’s Thick Skinned Productions, and juxtaposes six solo piano outings with five duets featuring saxophonist Julian Argüelles. The collaboration provides both players ample scope for creative invention and interaction, and nowhere more so than on a sparkling version of a Kellock favourite, Lee Konitz’s ‘Thingin’’ (based on ‘All The Things You Are’).

The other duets – ‘Dedicated To You’, ‘Nancy’, ‘They Say It’s Wonderful’ and ‘The Masquerade (Is Over)’ – are not far behind. Kellock is always most at home in the standard repertoire, and stretches his melodic and harmonic ingenuity to the full, while the ever resourceful Argüelles invariably finds something fresh and arresting to say. The pianist is in equally impressive fettle on his solo selections, including Ellington’s ‘Don’t You Care To Know’, ‘Blame It On My Youth’ and ‘Young & Foolish’.

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