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November 2007

Ezra Weiss
Get Happy
Roark

Ezra Weiss is a three-time winner of the ASCAP Young Composer award, and his original tunes hold the most interest on this bittersweet CD. Placing his economical, inferential piano amidst a rotating cast of sensitive horn players and singers, Weiss dwells on frustration and heartbreak. He also allows a few rays of unbridled hope, but seems more at ease in the gloom. The slowly spiraling “For Heather” and resolute “Don’t Need No Ticket” bookend the set with stirring emotion.

Originally published in November 2007
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