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Joe LoCascio Trio: Close To So Far

You want background? Pianist Joe LoCascio was born and raised in the Apple, but in 1977 he defected to Texas, where he requested academic asylum. He now teaches jazz improvisation at Houston Community College and is the author of The Jazz Piano Handbook.

You want credentials? He has performed or recorded with Chet Baker, Randy Brecker, Freddie Hubbard, Marvin Stamm, Ernie Watts, Dave Liebman and Hank Crawford. This is his 10th CD as a leader, and its title says it all: what does it take to grab the brass ring?

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