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July/August 1999

John Bickerton Trio
Drinking from the Golden Cup
Loud Neighbors Music

Bickerton is a Canadian-born pianist in his 30s who has been resident in New York City the past several years. This album offers his original compositions in a trio setting that includes bassist Ben Allison and drummer Tim Horner.

The pieces are impressionistic soundscapes that are mere starting points for what the group claims is free expression. Striving to achieve the sound of experimental '70s jazz of the Keith Jarrett sort, with tinges of Ornette, the group reaches their improvisatory highs within those goals.

Originally published in July/August 1999
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