Bill Anschell | Brent Jensen

We Couldn't Agree More

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MUSIC REVIEW BY George Fendel, Fresh Tracks

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Two Northwest-based musicians get together for a duo performance of mostly familiar standard material, and it all works extremely well. Anschell is one of Seattle's most respected first call pianists and Jensen, a native of Idaho, teaches at College of Southern Idaho. Together they explore the myriad possibilities of such evergreens as "I'm Old Fashioned," "You and the Night and the Music," "Ask Me Now," "Beautiful Love" and "Sunny Side of the Street." These often intricate musical portraits ask much from both players, because in a duo, there's no place to hide. One particularly stunning tune was "What is this Thing Called Love," with the communication between the two at the highest level. Others drawing high marks were "The People Versus Miss Jones," a reworking of the Rodgers and Hart standard, and "You Are All That," a new journey through "All the Things You Are," There's a lot to hang your hat on here. But you have to pay attention because it's recital-like quality. Not like Uncle Leo's Glenn Miller 78s. Jensen, I might add, is an A+ alto player, with several past recordings to his credit, and Anschell's piano skill is also well represented on the Origin label.






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