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Harold Danko/Ron McClure: Wonderland

Eliminate the drummer from a piano trio and you get subtler textures and more open spaces and extended opportunities for individual expression, especially from the bassist. Harold Danko is a known quantity, a complete pianist of remarkably consistent creativity. As for bassist Ron McClure, there may be some who lost track of him 40 years ago, when Charles Lloyd broke up his first quartet. He is excellent on Wonderland-as composer of fresh, quiet melodies, as co-equal voice in this smallest of collectives, and as probing soloist.

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