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ALBUM REVIEWS

Tethered Moon/Kikuchi, Peacock, Motian: Play Kurt Weill

Read "Play Kurt Weill" reviewed by Chris May

An album with a sake barrel of promise going for it but which doesn't ultimately hit the spot.

It doesn't, for starters, serve up the kind of music which you might reasonably expect from its title. As with Tethered Moon's other themed albums--pegged on the music of Piaf, Hendrix, and Puccini--the source material on this reissue is treated in the main cursorily, not something to be dug deep into but functioning instead as a series of miniature launchpads ...

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Tethered Moon: Experiencing Tosca

Read "Experiencing Tosca" reviewed by John Kelman

With Marilyn Crispell’s new disk, Storyteller , the implication of changing one member of a trio so deeply entrenched in group interplay was clearly evident. The same thing could be said for Tethered Moon’s new disk, Experiencing Tosca , where the rhythm section of bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian, who were mainstays of Marilyn Crispell’s earlier ECM recordings, are teamed with pianist Masabumi Kikuchi. With the same rhythm section team and pianists who are similarly influenced by Paul ...