A truly unique experience: two grand pianos together on one disc. Bob Sedergreen and Tony Gould, two great Australian jazz improvisation artists.
Sedergreen 'the fearless' and Gould 'the cautious' join their enviable talents on this superb live recording of improvised works like 'Tea for Two', 'St Louis Blues', 'Wonderful Copenhagen', 'Side By Side' and 'Mercy Mercy Mercy'.
Gould and Sedergreen on the works chosen:
"Some old, some new, all lovely pieces to play and chosen by mutual agreement – after a couple of hundred suggestions from each of us."
What is so evident in Gould and Sedergreen's playing is their mutual respect for each other and an undying love for the art of improvisation and musical spontaneity – based on trust, years of experience, and above all a sense of adventure and humour.
"The immense fun of making music with a friend is one of the great joys of life – everyone should do it" — Tony Gould
Pianist and composer Tony Gould is one of Australia’s most respected musicians. His career has embraced many styles of music, not least jazz and other improvisatory musics in addition to traditional and contemporary classical musics. He gives many concerts each year and for 50 years he has been involved in an extraordinary number of recording projects both as pianist and composer and has been at the forefront of music education in Australia via various tertiary institutions in Melbourne and throughout Australia.
Pianist Bob Sedergreen is one of the greatest performers of the blues this country has produced. He is blessed too, with a wonderful style of musical humour.
“Sedergreen's playing never failed to capture the ear with its vigour, variety and skill. Gould excelled with his delicacy of touch, and in brilliant improvisations.”
— Don Porter, The Adelaide Advertiser
“the two pianists managed to keep each other guessing ... at every turn, one would catch the other off guard with a surprising twist or a tongue-in-cheek suggestion, either subtle or outlandish”
— Adrian Jackson, The Age
“Gould and Sedergreen intended to enjoy themselves, and did so hugely. What was so remarkable was that they managed to communicate this enjoyment to the audience ... without playing down to them or cheapening the music.”
— Adrian Jackson, The Age
- Tea for two Vincent Youmans
- La fiesta Chick Corea
- New Orleans Hoagy Carmichael
- Easter parade
- St. Louis blues W.C. Handy
- The ballad of the sad young man Fran Landesman Tommy J Wolf Jr
- Alice in Wonderland Bob Hilliard Sammy Fain
- Blues for Mary-Lou Bob Sedergreen
- Heathland Tony Gould
- Wonderful Copenhagen Frank Loesser
- Mercy, mercy, mercy Joe Zawinul
- Side by side Harry Wood
Sammy Fain was, for over 40 years, a prolific composer for stage and screen. A self-taught pianist, as a schoolboy he plagued New York publishers with his songs. His early jobs were working for a music publisher and as a singer-pianist for radio and vaudeville.