Glen Hall (Toronto) with Glen Charles Halls (Edmonton) Deeksha Records DK 121 and Quiet Design Recordings ALAS 009
Northern Dialogues: Audio Samples
|Anything Blues||6:06||Listen here|
|Friday the 13th (Monk)
Northern Dialogues: Album Information
playing is probably the most difficult kind of improvising. Not
only must each player depend on only one other to modify or
accompany his ideas, but unbridled creativity has to be muted to
fit the other musician?s comfort zone. As these CDs demonstrate,
skilled improvisers aren?t fazed by the challenge; but the
instruments they choose are sometimes unusual.
since his arrival in Toronto from Winnipeg 30 years ago, reedist
Glen Hall has played with top local and international musicians. A
few years ago he began noticing he was being confused with pianist
Glen (Charles) Halls, who had moved to the city from Edmonton.
Being equally sardonic types, before Halls relocated to Alberta,
the two decided to compound the confusion by recording a duo CD, Glen
Hall + Glen Charles Halls - Northern Dialogues (Quiet Design
Records CD Alas 009 www.quietdesign.us).
Still there are as many musical as jocular reasons for doing so.
With Hall alternating between breathy bass flute pressure and
sprightly tenor saxophone runs, the eight tunes rage from
atmospheric and meditative to rhythmic and bluesy. More
formalistic than Hall, Halls often appears to be playing a
fantasia, mixing legato chords with downward cascading arpeggios.
With the low-frequency curvatures of his flute moderato and
pointillist to complement the pianist?s comping, it?s Hall?s
explosive saxophone tones which make the greatest impression.
After adding speedy excitement to the measured and nearly opaque
pianism on Astral,
Hall?s flutter-tonguing encourages Halls to display varied
keyboard strategies including tremolo strumming.
Review by Ken Waxman.
- Glen Charles Halls, piano
- Glen Hall, tenor saxophone, alto and bass flute.
- Produced by Glen Charles Halls
- Recorded in Edmonton
- DK121 Released March 2009
- All composition by Glen Charles Halls and Glen Hall SOCAN.