In the summer of 2013 the duo of Marilyn Crispell (piano) and Gerry Hemingway (drums) played at a number of prestigious festivals all over Europe. On their new album “Tables of Changes“ some of the highlights of these performances are documented and put together as a coherent unit. With this album they continue their musical dialogue („Affinities“, Intakt CD 177).
The musical partnership of Crispell and Hemingway goes back to the 80’s, when they played together in a variety of Anthony Braxton’s ensembles. In 1992 they began touring as a duo.
On the new release their interaction is subtle – they meet as equals. There is no virtuosity for its own sake. The music ranges from delicate sound meditations to wild explosions, and from wonderful melodies to passionate improvisations. The two play with such understanding and intuition – as though they were twins.
Marilyn Crispell: Piano
Gerry Hemingway: Drums, Percussion, Vibraphone
All compositions by Marilyn Crispell (BMI) and Gerry Hemingway (GEMA/BMI), except 7 “Ev’rytime We Say Goodbye” Cole Porter (Chappell & Company). 1, 2, 3, 6 recorded on May 5, 2013, at 2013 Ulrichsberg Kaleidophon in Austria. Engineer: Alfred Reiter. 4 recorded on May 14, 2013, at La Chapelle du Mejan at the 19th Edition of Jazz in Arles in France. Engineer: Boris Darley. 5, 7 recorded on May 16, 2013, at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam, Netherlands. Engineer: Olivier Schutte. 8 recorded on May 12, 2013, at the Europa Jazz Festival in Le Mans, France. Engineer: Jean-Marc Foussat. Mixed by Gerry Hemingway and Willy Strehler. Mastered by Willy Strehler at Studio Klangdach, Switzerland. Liner notes: Gerry Hemingway. Photo: Uli Templin. Produced and published by Intakt Records, Patrik Landolt
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Total mastery of patience, time, and drama create a constantly engaging journey that never gets tiresome or same-y: in fact the harder you listen the better it gets! Somehow Sorey et al. find a way to combine the deep listening and spontaneous interaction of the best jazz with the sense of every tone and sound being worth a universe of listening, which could be equally from Cage and Feldman or the accompaniment to an ancient ritual.
The recording/engineering is absolutely perfect as well. Giles