The Scenery of Life Unfolding Birchall & Woolhouse
Jazz Piano Australia
Shannon Birchall - bs; Jeremy Woolhouse - pno.
Pianist and composer Jeremy Woolhouse and bassist Shannon Birchall combine their considerable musical talents on this album. Echoes of Emptiness and Optimist's Folly have Birchall bowing the bass, both tunes having an introspective feel. Virtual Affection, one of three compositions on the album based on the poetry of Lisa Chappel, has a light, playful melody by contrast. A Latin flavoured Tears for Summer adds to the variety of tempos offered. Title track The Scenery of Life Unfolding brings a gospel feel to the mix. All ten compositions are beautifully played and the recording quality is a credit to recording engineer Hadyn Buxton. Evocative and enjoyable.
The Official Album Launch will be held at the Paris Cat Jazz Club, Melbourne, on Friday March 21, from 7.30pm. There will be other performances at Richmond Uniting Church on Sunday March 30, from 2pm and at Medley Hall, Carlton, on Friday April 11, from 8pm.
Review by Don Brow for Jazz Scene