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January/February 2007

Joan Hickey
Between the Lines
OA2 Records

Leading with a gentle touch at the piano and a lighthearted sense of adventure, Hickey guides her Chicago-based quintet through hard-bop and modern jazz territory with aplomb. She also allows the music to take a few rhythmic detours, adopting a reggae beat or flirting briefly with free jazz. The first four tracks show off the group’s strength and flexibility to best effect, with the original tune “Herbris” and a stunning “The Man I Love” as standouts.

Originally published in January/February 2007
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