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3x3: Piano Trios: July 2019

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It must unofficially be the year of the piano trio or something. They just keep coming, and thankfully each new one is still stimulating and surprising.

Shalosh
Onwards and Upwards
ACT Music
2019

The name means “three," simply enough, and Shalosh is all about embodying that ideal of ...

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Bert Lams & Fabio Mittino: Movimenti

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George Gurdjieff was one fascinating character: traveler, mystic, philosopher, composer and more. He taught that most people's consciousness is limited and there are other realms to be experienced after a spiritual awakening--time-honored ideas, yet provocative stuff for the early 20th century. His most famous collaboration was with Russian composer Thomas de Hartmann, which resulted in a ...

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Simon Lasky Group: About The Moment

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Which moment could this title be referring to? There's no shortage of beautifully striking ones scattered throughout the Simon Lasky Group's second outing: dynamic lifts and swells, chord changes that step through sophisticated sequences as smoothly as descending stairs, little heads or melody lines that pack a special hit because they're placed at just the right ...

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AfuriKo: Tao

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On first impression, AfuriKo seems to sit somewhere between groovy Miles Davis circa Big Fun (Columbia, 1974) and the electric '70s fusion of, say, Joe Zawinul or Jeff Beck. You have the deep rhythms, world- spanning percussion and any tone an electric piano can make. The name is a portmanteau combining the Japanese terms for “child" ...

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Odil: Réson

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Though Camille-Alban Spreng has the chops and improvisational spirit of a jazz player, the band Odil's debut on Something (QFTF, 2016) established a wheelhouse also wide enough to include loose-form avant-garde and electric funk. This follow-up is billed entirely under the band's name instead of the leader's, which is appropriate given how well the unit has ...

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Maureen Choi Quartet: Theia

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It is appropriate that Maureen Choi's career has included extensive teaching stints in jny: New York City and her newer home base, jny: Madrid. Both have a rich musical history bridging the body-moving and the cerebral. The Choi quartet honors both on their third outing Theia; it's a work overflowing with smarts which never forgets to ...

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Masha Art & LRK Trio: Anesthesia

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The fresh musical voice more formally known as Maria Artemenko seems ready to seize her saxophone and make a splash. Building on some solid study and orchestra performance, she offers a solid and eclectic surprise, for the first time stepping out internationally on her own. Equal credit must go to LRK Trio as well and, here, ...

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Romain Collin: Tiny Lights...

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Romain Collin's head must be one fascinating place to live. From the glimpse he reveals on Tiny Lights..., it's an experience like an ongoing film full of colorful action and almost nonstop excitement. His fourth release has him spinning aural gold out of energetic rock, groovy jazz-fusion and electronic trance that almost risks getting too smart ...

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4 Wheel Drive: 4 Wheel Drive

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It may not quite be the loud and fast thrill-ride one might guess from the title, but that doesn't mean it lacks a few fun twists and turns. Here we have four world-class players who can (and sometimes do) carry a whole performance on their own, agreeing to mesh as equals and—more importantly—staying generous and supportive ...

3x3: Piano Trios, vol. V

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Nick Sanders Trio
Playtime 2050
Sunnyside Records
2019

Nick Sanders understandably sees some turbulence ahead at the midpoint of the century (not to mention the decades leading up to it). Disturbing as this cover may seem, though, he and a couple adventurous trio-mates make sure this speculative portrait keeps its ...