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John Stetch: Heavens of a Hundred Days

Heavens of a Hundred Days has a dreamy and vaporous vibe: the music is spacious and meditative even when upbeat. Stetch rarely charges up and down the keyboard: he seems perfectly happy to strike a plaintive chord or tap out single-note lines that sound like rocks dropped in a stream. The group obviously enjoys pulling a tune apart and bending it out of shape, but they seldom depart from it completely. On two standards and a host of originals, the piano sets the mood-playful, lilting, yet considered-and the tunes develop gracefully, without urgency. “Humble Unfolding,” a dancing tenor-and-piano ballad, best describes what these musicians are up to.

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