Best Of 2005

BEST PIANO COLOSSUS: Charles Farrell’s Glossolalia

Part-time Tampa resident Farrell doesn’t gig locally, so people really don’t get a chance to check out his rare brand of artistry. Glossolalia is a remarkable CD of free improvisation duets that pairs him with English saxophone titan Evan Parker. Recorded in London late last year, it was released this summer. Glossolalia (the word for speaking in tongues) is a volcanic encounter, where the two masters spar and feint amid a frenetic dance of notes. Farrell’s piano work comes in torrents and cascades, built around dizzyingly complex patterns rather than melodies or harmonic structure. It’s heavy, relentless stuff — not easy listening in the least — but it’s damned amazing. www.farrellworldtribe.com.