Frank Carlberg joins up with the elder master Ran Blake (b. 1935) for a wide-ranging program of piano duos. The ivory ticklers mostly perform older songs; standards, and movie themes but also revisit some compositions by Blake.
A native of Helsinki, Carlberg has resided and worked in New York for decades.
The selections of the album range from well-known songs like Take The A Train, or Tea For Two to somewhat curious choices, like Vradiazi by Mikis Theodorakis, or the 70s soul hit Wish I Could Talk To You, by The Sylvers.
The collaboration flourishes beautifully, with the two pianos almost becoming one through spectacular voicings. A common aesthetic goal seems to unite the performers, and, despite the wide variety of the material, the pianists form a whole.
RAN BLAKE & FRANK CARLBERG: Gray Moon
Ran Blake, piano
Frank Carlberg, piano
Red Piano Records RPR 14599-4440