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December 2008

Dan Cray Trio
Over Here Over Heard
Crawdad

Pianist Dan Cray swings standards convincingly with his smart, interactive trio—a kind of jazzier version of the Bad Plus—while supplying renegade touches, like his whirlwind take on “That Old Black Magic” and a spirited reading of Wayne Shorter’s grooving soul-jazz anthem “Hammer Head.” Cray also displays an uncommonly sensitive touch on “More Than You Know” and an expressive extrapolation on “Moon River.” Drummer Greg Wyser-Pratte underscores this live set with extroverted energy and creative choices.

Originally published in December 2008
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