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David Kikoski: The Maze

David Kikoski is one of New York’s busiest pianists. It’s no wonder. Given his swinging, always spontaneous playing, one immediately understands why his bio includes tenures with Roy Haynes, Bob Berg, Pat Metheny and the Mingus Big Band. The thirtysomething pianist also has four outstanding leader dates to his name. Building on that solid past here, there’s a maturity and in-the-moment brio that will appeal to a wide variety of tastes. Meshing perfectly with Kikoski’s programmatic plan are tenorman Seamus Blake, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Jeff Watts. It’s a hand-in-glove match born of a rich history of shared associations going back to the early 1980s, when Kikoski and Watts were classmates at Berklee.

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