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Phillip Strange & Larry Marshall: In the Moment

Read "In the Moment" reviewed by Jim Santella

From jazz's modern mainstream, this duo performance provides free interpretations of classic songs. Pianist Phillip Strange fills each selection with anxious energy while drummer Larry Marshall complements with intuitive colors. The performance runs loose and laid back as both artists reflect on familiar melodies with widespread animation. The performance rises and falls as befits each interpretation, with the mood shifting continuously. There's ample beauty in each portrait.

Strange, who has won four Downbeat Student Music Awards, exhibits superb ...

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Phillip Strange: Quiet

Read "Quiet" reviewed by Dave Nathan

An exercise in musical somber intellectualism and introspection, Phillip Strange's Quiet does not lend itself to casual listening. The playing is hauntingly beautiful as it unfolds during the performance of a play list of eight of his originals and two standards. Kudos to Strange for including a couple of familiar pieces so as to provide a framework to allow an assessment of pianist skills. It is quickly apparent that these skills are indeed formidable. Having accompanied vocalist Cathy Garcia-Segal on ...

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Phillip Strange and David Friesen: Quiet and Two For The Show

Read "Quiet and Two For The Show" reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Phillip Strange Quiet : Solo piano recitals of standards and originals with a Euro-Classic feel. Mr. Strange blends grandiosity with keen improvisation yet rarely loses sight of the melody while employing an elegant touch. Beautifully recorded! * * * ½

David Friesen Two For The Show The great bassist performs a series of sprightly and thoroughly sonorous duets with saxophonist Michael Brecker, guitarist John Scofield, trumpeter Clark Terry and others. Engaging, entertaining and played from the heart! Listen to Friesen ...


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