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Diane Moser: Birdsongs

Read "Birdsongs" reviewed by Jerome Wilson

There is a tradition of composers finding inspiration in the songs of birds. Olivier Messiaen did it in the classical realm and Eric Dolphy did it in the jazz world. Pianist Diane Moser follows in that tradition on this CD, turning birdsong into a bevy of haunting compositions both for solo piano and the trio of piano, flute and bass. Many of these pieces start out as twittery, piping bird imitations but eventually morph into solid jazz rhythms. ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Diane Moser: Birdsongs

Read "Birdsongs" reviewed by Troy Dostert

While she hasn't gotten quite the recognition she deserves, pianist/composer Diane Moser has steadily released a series of fine recordings over the last couple decades. Her 17-piece Composers Big Band recorded Live at Tierney's Tavern in 1999 (on the New Arts label), but she's also made some excellent smaller-group records, some of which have featured some pretty illustrious company, such as bassist Mark Dresser, drummer Gerry Hemingway and multi-reedist Marty Ehrlich--all of whom are featured on her superb quintet album ...


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