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Michael Cochrane: Right Now

Most SteepleChase releases have a compelling reason to exist. Right Now is an exception. While it does reflect the label’s conscientious production values in the balanced, full-bandwidth recorded sound of engineer Jon Rosenberg, it is an ultraconservative, plain vanilla piano-trio session. All nine tunes are Michael Cochrane originals, and they are all compositionally generic. Taken as a whole, there is an unimaginative, formulaic feel about the way this project is assembled: two obligatory blues; token ballad; necessary samba; required hard-bop funk piece; alternating tempos; the codified structure of head/piano solo/bass solo/occasional drum solo/head/out.

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