2016 Honorable Mention Pick 16


Michael Wollny & Vincent Peirani: Tandem (ACT, 2016)

This piano and accordion record is the kind of music you could put on at a brunch and not feel like a pretentious shitbird without taste. I dig this record primarily of the way the piano and accordion sound together. The contrast between the highbrow piano and the folk-y sound of the accordion is delicious — it works for me big time.

The mood of these pieces is slower rather than faster, not sad but certainly not bouncy. I would use the word contemplative but the music critic shitbirds have stolen that word from normal people. It’s mellow and melodic. The tunes have a bit of a classical tinge (more on the piano playing side) and the tunes feel more composed than improvised though this record is out on a small European jazz label.

 

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