Pianist Kurt Ellenberger has turned in a dandy here! With a nod to the Bill Evans’ school of piano or perhaps similar in “presentation” to some of Steve Kuhn’s recent work for ECM, comparisons or analogies do not allude to any sense of derivation........... Beautifully recorded at the Lawrence University Chapel in Appleton Wisconsin, Ellenberger and his super fine rhythm section induce or perhaps capture the aura of a morning sunrise on a gorgeous spring day somewhere in paradise. Songs From The Far West is a first class effort which is quite evident upon the opening piece titled, “Larkspur In ...read more
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