The highly creative collaboration between Kornel Wolak and Chris Donnelly is the story of two uncommonly talented virtuoso players from different genres finding a mutual musical Common Ground. The result is a genuinely thrilling record in which jazz meets classical and something intriguingly fresh and new is formed.
The result of intensive work together is a two hour program described by Wolak as featuring "the light delivery of heavy content. It's a program a lot of people have not seen or heard before." The duo's debut tour experience was a great success, and now, happily, we get to hear the program on disc. The material featured on Common Ground covers a vast expanse of musical terrain, all explored in a manner that is both accessible and adventurous. It is fair to assume that no other recording out there features interpretations of Brahms (two of the four movements of "Sonata"), Gershwin, Rimsky-Korsakov's unforgettable "Flight Of The Bumblebee" and Oscar Peterson (the lyrical "Hymn To Freedom ") on the one disc.