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Lewis Porter/Furio Di Castri/Fabrizio Sferra Trio : Italian Encounter

In the jazz world, Lewis Porter is known as a professor, author and consultant who also plays piano. Italian Encounter should invert that order. Lewis Porter must now be known as a helluva piano player who happens to have several day gigs.

Porter (who is eminently qualified to write his own liner notes) describes the first four tracks as “somewhat daring and experimental” and the last three tracks as “more traditional.” But whereas two of the first four tracks are totally improvised (“A Summer Night” and “Wine Hot/Three as One”), and while the last three tracks include a 12-minute respectful version of “Body and Soul,” there is no obvious dichotomy.

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