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Andy LaVerne: Another World, Another Time

Pianist Andy LaVerne, in his younger days in 1977, recorded an album for Steeplechase entitled Another World. The fresh-faced LaVerne, then a member of Stan Getz’s band, penned a colorful group of pieces for that album, that were impressive for their impressionistic modernity.

Now, more than twenty years later, producer Nils Winther reconvened the same musicians to record the same pieces again. The plan isn’t a gimmick; the artists are able to deliver a fresh and revealing perspective. This project is an intriguing concept that other artists and producers might consider trying.

The one catch here is that the original album was a trio, but trumpeter Tim Hagans is added, along with the returning Mike Richmond and Billy Hart. However, the slight change in the instrumentation also adds a different nuance.

In its more minimalist attention to intellectual detail and coloristic writing, as opposed to rhythmic drive, the music is typical of one branch of late ’70s developments. Revisited, the music stands up today and reveals that many of these directions have been incorporated in the contemporary palette. On this recording, the artists bring a mature approach that further reveals how this type of music has been assimilated into jazz.

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