Richard Fairhurst and John Taylor: Duets review – remarkable set filled with light and space

(Basho)

Duets for two pianos are rare in jazz. In the past, they were mainly confined to bone-crushing trials of strength between boogie-woogie specialists. There’s none of that here. In fact, the whole set is remarkable for the amount of light and space these virtuosi are careful to include in their joint performance. They’ve been working on the duet format for several years, starting with the exploration of some Bill Evans compositions – three beautifully calm and reflective Evans pieces are included here. There are also originals by Fairhurst and Taylor, both individually and jointly, and by Pete Saberton and Kenny Wheeler. Each one is a careful combination of improvisation and structure. Nothing hit or miss about it.

Contributor

Dave Gelly

The GuardianTramp

Related Content

Article image
Kenny Wheeler & John Taylor: On the Way to Two review – a joyous collaboration
This set from two recently departed greats of European jazz is like a conversation between old friends

Dave Gelly

18, Oct, 2015 @7:00 AM

Bill Evans: The Way to Play – review
Bill Evans's brilliance as a pianist and influence on a generation of jazz players makes this four-disc set a must, writes Dave Gelly

Dave Gelly

07, Jul, 2012 @11:03 PM

Kenny Wheeler Big Band: The Long Waiting – review
Kenny Wheeler is at his melodic best on a flugelhorn-led ensemble piece, writes Dave Gelly

Dave Gelly

29, Jan, 2012 @12:06 AM

Article image
John Taylor/Richard Fairhurst: Duets review – graceful, short-lived piano duo
John Taylor’s sudden death last month means this piano duo project will remain a one-off, but it’s a fine thing to have left behind

John Fordham

06, Aug, 2015 @5:15 PM

Tony Bennett: Duets II – review
Tony Bennett teams up with the likes of Amy Winehouse and Lady Gaga on a spirited set of covers, writes Hermione Hoby

Hermione Hoby

17, Sep, 2011 @10:31 PM

John Taylor: Requiem for a Dreamer – review
Pianist John Taylor's trio is augmented for some quiet but intense European jazz chamber music, writes Dave Gelly

Dave Gelly

21, May, 2011 @11:05 PM

Article image
Danielsson – Fresu: Summerwind review – gently seductive duets
(ACT)

Dave Gelly

21, Oct, 2018 @7:00 AM

Article image
Erin Dickins: Vignettes review – 10 stunning duets
(Sizzle & Swing)

Dave Gelly

09, Apr, 2017 @7:00 AM

Article image
Georgia Mancio: Live at ReVoice! review – distinguished duets
A set of festival recordings pairs Mancio with 12 different musical partners

Dave Gelly

29, Nov, 2015 @7:59 AM

Kenny Wheeler/John Taylor/Steve Swallow: One of Many - review
Theses 10 originals display Wheeler's familiar yet constantly retempered mix of casually-cantering swingers, camouflaged Latin dances and phlegmatic bruised ballads, writes John Fordham

John Fordham

24, Mar, 2011 @10:10 PM