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Stephen Anderson Trio: Forget Not

Under normal circumstances it would be unforgivable to employ a cliché such as “‘For Sentimental Reasons’ is worth the price of this CD by itself.” But the circumstances are not normal because this track, the only non-original on Forget Not, is so stunning, and it occurs within an album that otherwise falls mostly flat.

Stephen Anderson’s compositions are musically and historically erudite, and meticulously plotted and crafted. “Mobiles” draws on Earle Brown and Stockhausen. It has “a design of chord paths” intended to limit the repetition caused by “the cyclical nature of jazz.” It allows the players to make choices about “the ordering of events,” including “five different endings that may be selected randomly.”

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