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Bluth/Messina/Chattin: Formations

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The current standard for piano trio music was largely set in the '60s. Recordings by the Bill Evans Trio and the Wynton Kelly Trio, for example, established basic paradigms that have persisted until today. Today's popular trios led by young pianists such as Brad Mehldau and Jacky Terrason, for example, derive much of their style from this influential period.

Formations, a trio outing led by pianist Larry Bluth, falls in much the same category. It builds off jazz standards, either ...

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Charles Sibirsky/Mark Josefsberg Quartet: The BQE

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The Brooklyn-Queens Expressway receives its due credit on The BQE for bringing the two halves of this quartet together. It also appears in its own way through the music itself: ranging from dreamily slow to head-long fast, changing tempos and moods at a moment's notice. Sibirsky asserts that most of this record was improvised, built around spare compositional frameworks. Indeed, the openness of the quartet to evolution and devolution is the record's greatest quality.

While the members of the rhythm ...

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Larry Bluth, Don Messina, Bill Chattin: Five Concerts and a Landscape

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The title to this one derives from the five concerts where these ten selections were recorded; the landscape, by the late Annette Bluth-Lukemire, to whom this disc is dedicated, is on the front cover. Most of the cuts are the sorts of standards favored by Tristano-school players like Warne Marsh and Lee Konitz; pianist Bluth, backed by the bass of Messina and the drums of Chattin, plays them in Konitzian manner – sweetly and brightly, but with daring and piquant ...


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