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Roberta Piket Trio: Speak, Memory

Evans also turns up as a key influence on pianist Roberta Piket’s Speak, Memory, a trio recording that features bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Jeff Williams. And as with Weiss, her light touch and highly lyrical approach benefit from the dynamic execution of her rhythm section, although not even they can salvage the treacly Fifth Dimension hit “Up, Up and Away.” While her melodic sentimentality can be cloying, she brings a nice harmonic openness to the proceedings.

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