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Joel Forrester: Joel Forrester and the Illustrious Others

Though hardly a household name, pianist Joel Forrester is nonetheless “known” to fans of Terry Gross’ “Fresh Air” via his mind-tickling theme for the National Public Radio staple. Thanks to Koch, which has released four previous Forrester projects, the iconoclastic pianist-composer and his Microscopic cohorts are beginning to take on an identity beyond the ether-wafted emanations of NPR. Here, however, we’re taken back to Forrester’s “Pre-Microscopic Music Circa 1980,” as the subtitle puts it.

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