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Thursday, October 04, 2018

CD Review: Sam Leak and Dan Tepfer – Adrift (Suite for 2 Pianos)

Sam Leak, Dan Tepfer (pianos)
(Review by Hugh C)
Sam Leak is based in London and Dan Tepfer in New York City.  The two came together for the 2014 Steinway Piano Festival in London, for which Leak was asked to write a suite for the duo to play and improvise around. 
Adrift is the result, crafted in eight parts (Adrift: I to VIII), and presented on this CD back to back (although with individual track numbers).  The CD was recorded at the Yamaha Showroom in Manhattan, NY.  The quality of the pianism is beyond doubt and the tone exquisite. Though stated to be part through-composed and part open to improvisation, it is sometimes difficult to tell where one begins and the other ends. 
Whether the outcome is two guys having fun in a piano shop or an exemplar of high art is open to question.  The answer is, probably both!  It certainly makes an interesting and rewarding listen.  The CD is shorter even than most 33rpm vinyl, at 29 minutes and 1 second, precisely.  Whether this comparative brevity is reflected in the price remains to be seen!
Hugh C.
Adrift is released on Jellymould Jazz on 2 November 2018.

Further details and information regarding Sam Leak Trio “Adrift” tour here.

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