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Kenny Wheeler and Paul Bley: [Touche]

When two musicians perform together-without a net, as it were-we hear their individual skills, but we hear them in the context of their understanding of one another. Particularly in free improvisation, in the absence of the listener’s traditional framework, the ear tends to hear the whole, not just the doughnut or the eclair. These two recordings are a gratifying lesson in the range of music embraced by free jazz, instructive both in their similarities and their differences.

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