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Having described the playing on a recent Pateras release as stupendous, I’m not sure what further superlative to use. ‘Tour de force’ is inadequate for this two-piano performance by the Australian composer and improviser, with Chris Abrahams of Antipodean trio The Necks. Recorded in Melbourne in 2005, it’s full-on, eight octaves, high-octane, no-holds-barred piano improv. Across 50 unremitting minutes, the energy level never flags: the sonic barrage varies from dense to very dense, giving rise to a Nancarrow-like, polyrhythmic effect that overwhelms the listener. In the long sleeve-note interview by Pateras, Abrahams comments that ‘I was very much into the [session’s] concept. The density of the piece – the informational load – actually lends to it a textural quality, a stasis’ – and that’s absolutely right.

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