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Boomkat Product Review:
British jazz pianist Matthew Bourne follows a run of albums for Leaf with his Sähko debut "Desinances", a chilly selection of isolationist solo piano that shifts fluidly from jazz to classical and beyond.
Bourne has an impressive catalog behind him, with collaborations with Amon Tobin, Annette Peacock and John Zorn and records that flip from virtuoso jazz to analog electronics. "Desinances" is a back-to-basics album, in the vein of ECM's solo piano records, and shows off Bourne's skill mostly in his restraint.
It's a simmering record that plays off skill without relying on flourishes or flashy technique. Rather, Bourne leaves his notes to hover in thin air, breathing for a while before crashing into the next. It's an unusual addition to the Sähko catalogue, but a thoroughly welcome one.