More to the Ear Than Meets the Eye is a consistently rewarding piano-trio album. Its freshness and creative strength is different on every track. There are two guests, saxophonist Richard Cole (three tunes) and trumpeter/flugelhornist Thomas Marriott (two). The horns appear only on Anschell originals, whose melodies linger in the mind. “Humble Origins” could be a jazz standard, a stark frame erected on a haunting, dark piano ostinato and an elemental thematic concept like a private aspiration, a fragile hope (traced in pure, poignant lines by Marriott).
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