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Rachel Z: Grace

Those who have followed the rapid two-lane progress of keyboardist Rachel Z as she skillfully navigates both acoustic bop and jazz-fusion paths have heard the varied influences of McCoy Tyner, Chick Corea, Al Di Meola, Herbie Hancock and, most obviously, Wayne Shorter. What they haven’t likely heard is the former Steps Ahead member’s singing voice. Not surprisingly, as demonstrated across seven of Grace’s 10 tracks, her singing is as delightfully schizophrenic as her playing.

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