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Marc Copland/Tim Hagans: Between the Lines

More albums like this are needed-not just for its consummate musicianship, but also to demonstrate the bare-bones approach to chamber jazz and the unbridled freedom it affords like-minded swingers.

Pianist Copland and trumpeter/flugelhornist Hagans might just as well be Emanuel Ax and Maurice Andre playing a recital, except the latter pair wouldn’t understand or accept this kind of freedom: Their scores already come with dynamics and tempo markings, and must be played as composed.

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