Alister Spence - Raymond Macdonald: Stepping Between The Shadows (3 stars)

Two musicians produce lovely sound from gentle lyricism to knotty abstraction

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Alister Spence – Raymond Macdonald: Stepping Between The Shadows

(Rufus Records)

Australian pianist Alister Spence and our own Raymond MacDonald have been working together in various contexts for some time, and this duo recording reflects a strong musical empathy between the two musicians. The seven pieces for piano and prepared piano with alto or soprano saxophone were all improvised in the Concert Hall of Glasgow University, and traverse a wide range of moods and ideas, from gentle lyricism to knotty abstraction. Much of the music is very approachable for those still suspicious of the sound-world of free improvisation.

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