Music for flute and piano by Graham Jesse performed by Virginia Taylor (flute) an Simon Tedeschi (piano). These pieces cover a number of different genres including jazz and classical.
For this project Graham has drawn inspiration from many areas of his musical experience, from Bach, Telemann and Mozart through to Don Burrows, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.
The CD features 12 tracks. The first 6 are melodic explorations of different moods and textures, with a contemporary approach.
The next 3 tracks are a suite of Latin music, and the final 3 are a Jazz suite.
Two of the tracks can be seen here:
They were filmed during the recording sessions.
Virginia Taylor has been described as one of the most exciting flautists to appear on the concert platform in recent years. She has recieved numerous illustrious awards, played with some of Australia's finest orchestras and toured extensively.
Simon Tedeschi is one of Australia’s most renowned classical pianists, winner of the Young Performer of the Year Award (Australia), the Creativity Foundation’s Legacy Award (USA), and the New York Young Jewish Pianist Award.
“When was the last time you mentioned Bach, Telemann, Don Burrows and Chick Corea in the same breath? Odds on it's never. But for veteran Australian performer, arranger, producer and composer Graham Jesse, they are all facets of the inspiration for Chromatic Flight, his new project for piano and flute. Interpreted and performed by the masterful Virginia Taylor (flute) and Simon Tedeschi (piano), the album is made up of two neatly defined halves. The first is a series of six programmatic vignettes, each embodying its title exactly as promised. Flutter features a flutter-tongue flute motif, Waves ebbs and flows in a graceful triple time, and the title track is indeed a flurry of semitones. Here is where the baroque and classical influences reside most securely, and yet the harmony is always more progressive than those composers ever dreamed of. The second half consists of two flute suites: one Latin, the other jazzy. Both are delightfully jaunty, but never cocky – sounding strangely effortless despite their energetic syncopation. If Chromatic Flight has an overarching flaw, it is that it’s over too soon: a deeper dive into those image-laden motifs and rambling jazz melodies would have been more than welcome.” ★★★★
— Jessie Cunniffe, The Age
“Here is a short disc of thoroughly amiable duets for flute and piano, unassuming music treated with consideration if not much flamboyance by a couple of distinguished Australian artists. The performances are smooth ... Bob Scott has achieved a fair balance between the players, Tedeschi’s work not being under-played and Taylor’s flute allowed a vivid amplitude without over-miking; you’re not conscious of chuffs or breathiness. Indeed, the calm surface of the CD may go some way to explaining why I think it – or parts of it – may fit the afore-mentioned Satie performance conditions.”Read full review
— Clive O'Connell, o'connellthemusic.com
“It is positive to see a whole recording dedicated to new Australian music for the flute. Jesse, Taylor and Tedeschi are to be congratulated for bringing this project – clearly a labour of love – to fruition. Standout tracks in the first half of the program include Flutter, a clever exploration of flute flutter tonguing underpinned by jazz chords and rhythm, and Contemplation, in which a gorgeously phrased flute melody from Taylor soars above Tedeschi’s uneven, arpeggiated accompaniment. This track felt to me like the score to a short film, conjuring up long camera shots panning over moody, melancholic landscapes.”Read full review
— Philip Pogson, Music Trust e-zine Loud Mouth
Graham’s career as a prolific performer, composer, arranger, producer, and major contributor to Australian music, spans more than 30 years.
Where to buy
Move CDs can be ordered through music retailers across Australia including Readings.
- List price
- $25.00 AUD
- Release date
- August 2018
- © 2018 Graham Jesse
- ℗ 2018 Move Records
- Catalogue number
- MCD 582
- EAN 9314574058222