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David Hazeltine: Manhattan Autumn

Some albums are interesting to review together because of their similarities. These two recordings, with their similar titles and piano-playing leaders, make an interesting pairing because of their contrasts.

David Hazeltine’s Manhattan Autumn documents the evolution of his New York-based quartet in its native milieu at a particular moment. (It was recorded in Brooklyn in November 2002.) The title track of Pete Malinverni’s CD is the only tune on either recording that contains either the season or the city in its title. Autumn In New York is, in part, one more in the world’s continuing outpouring of artistic works responding to 9/11.

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