Archive for May 15th, 2014

Duncan Millar – Fresh Air

I had the pleasure of reviewing Duncan Millar’sGood to Go” as long ago as 2002 and it was good to catch up with 2012’s “Fresh Air“.

Millar has retained his ear for strong hooks and addictive rhythms and this is abundantly clear on the breezy title track, where piano takes the lead role. He’s also comfortable with his Latin side and ‘Buenas’ is delightful – an elegant production which evokes warm sunshine, the beach, a cocktail, need I go on? The lovely samba ‘Ilhabela’ keeps that vibe going, and the trading of solos between electric piano, soprano sax and acoustic guitar certainly keeps me smiling.

The waltz ‘As Lovers Do’ is as pretty as it is moving. I hope that Mr Millar was not offended when I asked him did he write this – it has a nostalgic feel that made me believe it had been written 40, 50 or even 60 years ago, but no. It’s an original piece which has won a place in my heart. It’s just too good to analyze in detail – I just hope you hear it soon.

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