TERRY & JONATHAN CRAYFORD: Duel Pianos
By Michael Flynn
It’s not all that often that you come across recordings made by a father and son but ‘Duel Pianos’ brings together two of our most accomplished keyboard players. Terry Crayford plays bass and piano for the Wellington band Hot Club Sandwich. This popular three-piece have played throughout NZ over the last 15 or so years with a repertoire mainly of jazz, blues and swing standards. His talented son, composer/multi-instrumentalist Jonathan has shared the stage with a variety of artists and ensembles. Groove Collective, Baba Maal, TrinityRoots and more recently the 30-piece Eru Dangerspiel collective. ‘Duel Pianos’ is an engaging album and sees some fine interplay between these two respected musicians. Jonathan’s lovely piece Belinda, one of two originals on the album, and the exceptional Victor Young composition Golden Earrings illustrate this perfectly. The majority of the album is made up of well known jazz standards. Brubeck’s In Your Own Sweet Way, Richard Roger’s I Didn’t Know What Time it Was, and Gershwin’s Summertime, all beautifully played. This is a warm balmy album perfect for a summer’s evening. Open your windows and let the breeze in. The Crayfords will do the rest.