Album: Carolyn Hume, Paul May, Come to Nothing (Leo)

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More dreamy, indefinite improvisations from pianist Hume, reunited with percussionist May after a couple of excellent solo albums.

Typically, she plays a few plangent, well-spaced notes while he rattles away in the background, sounding like he's coming from a Piranesi dungeon rather than a church in Weybridge, the venue for the recording. She's air and he's earth, and although there's no obvious link between the pieces, the view remains very pleasant. It's mystifying why the formula – free music that sounds nice – hasn't caught on.