Andy Milne & Benoit Delbecq: Divide Comedy
Where Is Pannonica? (Songlines SGL SA1579-2)
Recorded: Rolston Hall, The Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta Canada, January 26-28, 2008
Rating: 90/100 (learn more)
This is not your 'normal' piano duo. Sure, it's two Steinways, but there is also the ultra modern element of the “Dlooper.” I won't bore you with the details of things like Max-MSP, but let's just say that technology has a role to play here, however subtle.
The piece begins in full-on percussion mode, with both pianos sounding like huge kalimbas. Melodic fragments are then wound around the ostinato pattern. The angularity of the piano lines against the static rhythm is a beautiful thing. Thelonius Monk muses on Cecil Tayler is the vibe my ears get. The last minute or so is where technology comes into play. In a very organic way, the electronics take the notes and draw them out into infinity, like an aural version of contrails. Gorgeous.
Reviewer: Mark Saleski