Consider This by Andrea Keller & Tim Wilson, review by John McBeath

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Album:  Consider This
Artist:    Andrea Keller and Tim Wilson
Release Date: 2016
Label:    Independent

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Multi-award winning Melbourne based pianist Andrea Keller has appeared on more than two dozen recordings ranging from solo piano to large groups, and in 2008 she recorded the duo album Life That Lingers with saxophonist Tim Wilson. As with the previous recording, this new one was a live performance at Bennett’s Lane in Melbourne.

Both performers are accomplished composers and equally share credits across the seven tracks here. Their musical rapport is nothing short of extraordinary: both players utilise extensive classical influences in music that nevertheless maintains a jazz sensibility.

The title track, by Wilson, opens with the alto sax’s soaring theme that would not be out of place in a symphonic performance and Keller supplies the underlying harmonies.

Life That Lingers from their earlier album – Keller’s composition – is also included with the piano’s arpeggio opening and later moves into a fast-running improvised sax passage.

Another Keller original, All The Colours Grey opens with a saxophone cadenza of over four minutes, holding the attention with skilful variations in speed and tonality, and when the piano arrives it does so with out of tempo solo flourishes and imposing chords creating a stately atmosphere that continues when the saxophone rejoins to build to a thematic conclusion.

Wilson’s ‘T’ For Tango breaks out of its Latin rhythm for occasional sequences of almost unbearable fragility and deep sensuality and resumes with quick alto work over the piano’s frenzied rhythms.

This unique collection displays very high quality duo playing in unusual styles that successfully blend classical concepts with improvisation and jazz influences.

Review originally published by the Australian

For just over 24 years I have been a freelance writer, publishing in that time a wide variety of genres: news items, live concert reviews, travel articles, features, personality profiles, and CD and book reviews. I have written for various in-flight magazines, The Adelaide Review, The Republican, The Bulletin, The Australian, The Advertiser, The Melbourne Herald Sun and several regional newspapers. In 1994 I won a national travel-writing prize sponsored by The Australian newspaper, which led to my writing regularly for that paper. Since 2003 I have been jazz critic for The Advertiser and The Australian newspapers, on average contributing weekly to each paper. In 2005 I won a national Jazz Writing Competition sponsored by the Wangaratta Jazz Festival.