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Peggy Stern: Z Octet

Read "Z Octet" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey


Austin, Texas-based pianist/composer Peggy Stern has 30 years and 12 recordings to her considerable credit. Her repertoire knows no perimeter, and includes mainstream jazz, bossa nova, and most of all, her own finely crafted compositions. For her lucky 13th release, Z Octet Stern turns in a ten-piece recital of chamber music. Again defying categorization, this is chamber music, not classical chamber music, not jazz chamber music or any other genre one could pin to the critical bulletin board. It is ...

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Album Review

Peggy Stern: Actual Size

Read "Actual Size" reviewed by Joel Roberts


Peggy Stern's charms as a pianist and composer are subtle ones. Never flashy or cliched, she takes a “less is more" approach to jazz composition and arrangement, quietly and confidently letting ideas build without smacking the listener over the head with them.

Known best, perhaps, for her collaborations with Lee Konitz, Stern draws on a wide range of influences - including classical, Latin, rhythm 'n' blues, and the modern jazz piano tradition of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Paul Bley. ...

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Album Review

Peggy Stern: Actual Size

Read "Actual Size" reviewed by Joel Roberts


Peggy Stern's charms as a pianist and composer are subtle ones. Never flashy or cliched, she takes a “less is more" approach to jazz composition and arrangement, quietly and confidently letting ideas build without smacking the listener over the head with them.

Known best, perhaps, for her collaborations with Lee Konitz, Stern draws on a wide range of influences - including classical, Latin, rhythm 'n' blues, and the modern jazz piano tradition of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett, and Paul Bley. ...


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