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Misako Kano: 3 Purple Circles

On the nine tunes of her third CD, pianist Misako Kano demonstrates an authoritative, adaptable style that shimmers with technical virtuosity, power, vibrancy and exhilaration. Her five originals provide exceptional listening and distinguish her has a cunning composer with a broad viewpoint.

Bassist Mark Helias and drummer Satoshi Takeishi are responsive colleagues, helping Kano deliver impassioned forays full of jetting energy. Guest saxophonist David Liebman enhances her envelope-pushing masterpiece “D.B.S” and adds free-wheeling expression to totally remake the standard “You Don’t Know What Love Is.” He also subtly augments Kano’s impressionistic “Tinge” and her billowing “Three Purple Circles.” Yet, while Liebman adds artistically to the potpourri, the trio alone generates ear-appealing creations that defy the norm.

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