Preston, Don / Centazzo, Andrea – “Escape From 2012” – [Ictus]
When esteemed keyboardist/synthesist Preston joins forces with percussionist Centazzo, it’s all about inventive sound constructions heavy on dynamics and coloration. Each time one of the pieces in this 2010 concert recording starts, the listener really has no idea where it will end up. Preston proves he can lay down some serious jazz piano in addition to concocting startling synth sounds. Also nice to hear Preston playing the double bass–I was not aware this instrument was in his arsenal. Centazzo adds a wide range of techniques, from melodic tuned percussion to thundering doom. Both players have impressive credentials, Preston having worked with Gil Evans, Frank Zappa, and Carla Bley among many others, and Centazzo with Elliott Sharp, Derek Bailey, and Evan Parker to name just a few.