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Copland Abercrombie Wheeler: Brand New

Heeding the warning that you shouldn’t fix what isn’t broken, pianist Marc Copland, guitarist John Abercrombie and trumpeter/flugelhornist Kenny Wheeler reunite for Brand New, their assured follow-up to 2002’s superb That’s for Sure. The odd instrumental format seems business-as-usual for this perfectly calibrated trio. Without bass, drums or additional horns to thicken the stew, we can savor the tonal richness of each player, as well as their harmonious mix.

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