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Four Letter Words: Pinch Point

Read "Pinch Point" reviewed by Mark Corroto

What is the difference between unbalanced and off balance? Very little, if you listen to Four Letter Words' Pinch Point, the trio's third release, after Blow (Amalgam, 2015) and Radio Silence (Amalgam, 2015). Unbalanced can mean both “disturbed" and “demented." Certainly the seven improvisations presented here can be a bit disturbing, meaning the music seeks no ...

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Matt Piet: Of Sound Mind

Read "Of Sound Mind" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Pianist Matt Piet is most definitely a thinking man's player, roughly on a par with Ron Stabinsky (see Free For One), but with less notoriety (at least for now). Appearing as a member of the cooperative group Four Letter Words on Blow, he seemed to drive the music with a strong, clear musical personality.

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Four Letter Words: Blow

Read "Blow" reviewed by Budd Kopman

Four Letter Words is a trio consisting of tenor saxophonist Jake Wark, pianist Matt Piet and drummer Bill Harris, and Blow is their highly intelligent, extremely intense and deeply rewarding debut recording.

As usual, labels are almost useless. Their music manages to sound quite free while simultaneously being organized around motifs, if not full ...