Linda Presgrave: Evening In Concert
Evening In Concert
Linda Presgrave (piano)
Inspiration (Metropolitan MR1129)
Allison Miller (drums).
Composed by Joanne Brackeen.
Recorded: New York, March 18-19, 2008
Rating: 94/100 (learn more)
Linda Presgrave begins this paean to the songwriting prowess of Joanne Brackeen unaccompanied, delivering pretty, cascading notes. The theme, an elegantly descending 8-note phrase, is then expressed more formally by the full group. Harvie S next takes it on by himself, playing quietly expressive clear lines that bring out the complex melody. When Presgrave returns, she resumes her meaty chords as in the intro, but with a funkier approach, using single notes sparingly, preferring a dynamically rich, 2-handed attack that adds thickness to the song. This spirited and artistic reading does a lot to bring out the subtle sublimity in Brackeen's "Evening In Concert."
Reviewer: S. Victor Aaron