Jeff Presslaff & Will Bonness | Rhapsodies By Two

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Rhapsodies By Two

by Jeff Presslaff & Will Bonness

Improvisations by two of Canada's pre-eminent jazz pianists, featuring a selection of unusual but beautiful tunes and playing that is both fiery and nuanced.
Genre: Jazz: Piano Jazz
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Re: Person I Knew
Jeff Presslaff & Will Bonness
5:24 $0.99
2. Elm
Jeff Presslaff & Will Bonness
6:43 $0.99
3. John's Waltz
Jeff Presslaff & Will Bonness
6:09 $0.99
4. Crystal Silence
Jeff Presslaff & Will Bonness
6:03 $0.99
5. Alone Together
Jeff Presslaff & Will Bonness
7:36 $0.99
6. Rebirth
Jeff Presslaff & Will Bonness
7:25 $0.99
7. Icarus
Jeff Presslaff & Will Bonness
9:46 $0.99
8. Take 55 in 5/4 On 4/5
Jeff Presslaff & Will Bonness
6:52 $0.99
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Album Notes
Jeff Presslaff and Will Bonness have been bandmates for many years, most notably in the Latin band Papa Mambo and the internationally known big band The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra (Jeff also plays trombone). They are both passionate, intellectually keen musicians with deep roots in the jazz and classical traditions. This album is the fruit of a year's exploration into the byways of keyboard duo improvisation. The tunes are original compositions or extended arrangements of some of their favourite tunes. They chose to combine piano with electric piano in order to maintain the distinct voices of each player, and to allow for more variety of timbre and texture than the traditional piano duo allows.

After a long career in the New York area, Jeff has become one of Canada's pre-eminent jazz composers, known for his craft and insight as well as his leadership on many exceptional projects. The latest of these is The Complete Rebirth of the Cool, wherein he shepherded eight composers to create a dozen new pieces for the Birth of the Cool instrumentation. It has been touring Canada to great acclaim. His music can be heard elsewhere on CD Baby with his trio album Red Goddess, two Papa Mambo albums, two by The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, and small girl's Big Banana.

Will has quickly become one of his country's top pianists. He toured the world with Maynard Ferguson while still a teenager, and has since played with a long list of top jazz performers. At the tender age of 26, he has been appointed professor of jazz piano at the University of Manitoba. He can also be heard on CD Baby with his own trio album Subtle Fire, which features Terreon Gully and Steve Kirby, on the Steppin' Out album by The Winnipeg Jazz Orchestra, on both Papa Mambo albums, on Keith Price's albums, and on Richard Gillis' Morgana's Revenge.

Here's the key to who's playing what:

1. Re: Person I Knew -- Will, piano; Jeff, electric piano
2. Elm -- Will, pno; Jeff, e. pno
3. John's Waltz -- Jeff, pno; Will, e. pno
4. Crystal Silence -- Will, pno; Jeff, e. pno
5. Alone Together -- Jeff, pno; Will, e. pno
6. Rebirth -- Will, pno; Jeff, e. pno
7. Icarus -- Jeff, pno; Will, e. pno
8. Take 55 -- Jeff, pno; Will, e. pno



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Lee Johnson

Not Your Mother's Background Music
Interesting and engaging. Put it on, be prepared to pay attention. Because if you think you're going to be doing something else, you may be inadvertently absorbed by listening. Not that Rhapsodies is 'hard' listening (as opposed to 'easy listening') in the sense of harsh or discordant, just that it's full of unexpected things: a little melody here, a transition there, another key, a spate of rhythm. Jazz isn't my favorite musical genre, and I don't really know how to write about it, but I love this CD and will listen to it often.