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Alan Broadbent: Moments Notice

In person, in bands like Charlie Haden’s Quartet West, Alan Broadbent can be a startling piano player, capable of impulsive outbursts.

He makes damn fine piano trio records, one after the other, but they only hint at his live persona. They are more conservative, and more about his exceptional skill level, which is able to translate even momentary creative reflexes into something pianistic and elegant. His tight trio here is his regular working Los Angles-based unit, with bassist Putter Smith and drummer Kendall Kay. The overall mood is one of reflective quietude, even on headlong lines like Charlie Parker’s “Marmaduke” and Coltrane’s title track.

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