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by Dan Bilawsky
Any good band, and this trio in particular, can be likened to a puzzle, with the players complementing one another and coming together to form a full picture. According to pianist Mitchel Forman, the listener is the final piece of that puzzle, completing the entire idea and experience behind creating and sharing music. After hearing this album, it's hard to argue with that. Puzzle pulls the listener in from the very beginning--a medley of Keith Jarrett's Death ...read more
by C. Michael Bailey
This wonderfully strange disc, Lost and Found is the result of a confluence of spirits. Recorded in 1979, pianist Mitchel Forman was performing with Gerry Mulligan's quartet. Forman was invited to the Tuscan villa of Franca Mulligan's parents, Gerry's in-laws. There, Mulligan recorded the young pianist performing originals and Mulligan compositions. Besides a church-arty Jeru," Forman performed Mulligan's Butterflies with Hiccups." The composition possesses elements of 1920s jazz piano, stride, ragtime, and mainstream. Forman's playing captures the ...read more