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Rob Schwimmer clearly adores off-piste puns, as shown by this album’s title and several of its tracks. The music ranges from the imaginative (Terra Firma) to the cheekily doodly (Sonic Ginger). Smooth jazz is clearly Schwimmer’s strength. The finale of Chopin’s Second Sonata forms the basis for Obsession No 1 while Hallucination on ‘Lost in the Stars’ features an amazingly vocal- sounding theremin. The rarely heard Haken continuum (a keyless fingerboard that enables ‘sliding’ between notes) brings a Star Trek quality to The Russian Mystic.

Schwimmer calls his version of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence a ‘derangement’ but the result is charming. The Concert Paraphrase on Adam Guettel’s Octet is a Lisztian extravaganza on a show tune.

Overall, a diverting day trip into the mind of an unusual composer-pianist.

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