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Eddie Higgins: Portrait in Black and White

Since the late 1950s, Higgins has made his mark with those who listen to music apart from considerations of sociology and commerce. His third CD for the little Sunnyside label is one of the most impressive piano trio albums in recent memory.

Higgins is less a stylist than a brilliant generalist who ranges through the history of the music, selecting, winnowing and refining. He has long since melded his touch, voicings, relaxation, inventiveness and natural swing into an approach that draws from all eras of jazz piano without being tied to any of them. Rather than blandness, his eclecticism brings to his improvisations focus, definition and purpose.

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