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Cecilia Smith: Leave No Stone Unturned

In her fourth Brownstone date in as many years, vibraphonist Cecilia Smith proves a worthy adventurer. A mainstream modernist with a yeasty approach ranging from the bossa-based melodism of “With Each Passing Moment” to the plaintive yet optimistic “A Glimmer of Hope for South Africa,” Smith’s melodic incisiveness is reminiscent of that of Gary Burton. Her lines breathe. Her harmonies splash and sparkle. She’s also imaginative. Her exotic take on Jimmy Rowles’ “The Peacocks,” for example, opens with an Amazonian lushness replete with bird calls.

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