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Patrick Zimmerli: Phoenix

Patrick Zimmerli is an able soprano saxophonist who improvises a little and composes a lot. What improvisation there is here seems as preconceived as the meticulously composed, classical/New Age/drum ‘n’ bass/ jazz hybrids that comprise this album. That’s not a crime, but the bulk of this music is so tightly composed and arranged that I find myself wishing for a little more anything-goes blowing. It happens in spots-percussionist Satoshi Takeishi gets hot in places-but not enough to offset a prevailing air of caution.

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