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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

CD Review: Bruno Heinen & Kristian Borring - Postcard to Bill Evans.

Bruno Heinen (pno); Kristian Borring (gtr).
(Review by Lance).
What a delight! A choice selection of Evans' classic compositions, a standard and an original by Heinen which is also the title track. Postcard to Bill Evans is arguably the best track on the CD although that is a very subjective and ephemeral judgement as, each time I play the album another one gets its nose in front!
Apart from the title track and All the Things You Are, the other eight pieces are pretty well known items from the Bill Evans songbook reminding us just how talented he was, not just as a pianist but also as a composer. Heinen is deeply into Evans without losing his own identity and fully deserving of accolades from such as The Guardian's John Fordham - "the kind of erudite and curious new arrival destined to make a real difference".
Danish guitarist Borring is with him all the way and the pairing often brings to mind the legendary sessions Evans did with Jim Hall.
Tracks: Time Remembered; Peri's Scope; 34 Skidoo; Interplay; Five; Epilogue/Some Other Time; Displacement; Postcard to Bill Evans; Show Type Tune; All the Things You Are
(live at The Vortex).
The album is launched on August 18 at Brilliant Corners, Dalston.
Other gigs:
Sept. 4: Constitution Pub, Camden.
Oct. 24: Firth Hall, Sheffield.
Nov. 14: LJF, The Vortex.
Jan. 22: Royal Festival Hall.
The latter gig is a 1pm start and is free. The others are a fiver apart from the launch which is free although a donation of £8 is suggested.
Bruno Heinen & Kristian Borring - Postcard to Bill Evans is to be released on Sept. 11, 2015 on Babel BDV 14131.
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Lance.

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