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Bruno Raberg: Chrysalis

Professor Raberg-a Swede, bassist and long-time Berklee employee-will surely cringe at the notion, but there is something professorial about his latest recording. Neither his unremarkable themes nor the solid performance of his nonet would stop traffic. Raberg chooses fluidity over flash and has a knack for keeping things tidy even when most unconventional. He also seems to take more pleasure-or is at least more successful-in solving problems of arranging rather than in crafting music with spark or edge. Which is to say, his music does offer much for someone willing to listen closely or for someone who knows what to listen for.

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