One of the more intriguing concept albums, newly released on the Winter & Winter label (a continuing adventure in itself), takes on what might seem an unlikely referential point of departure in a jazz context: Edith Piaf, the revered French chanteuse. Tethered Moon, the inspired and uniquely flexible trio of Japanese pianist Masabumi Kikuchi, drummer Paul Motian and bassist Gary Peacock, brings to this project a passionate engagement and a willingness to take poetic liberties with the source material. Motian and Peacock have been ripe, atmospheric foils for other sentient pianists, including Keith Jarrett and Paul Bley, and they offer the right degrees fo support. Motian, in particular, knows when to breathe, when to stretch and when to heat up the rhythmic machinery.
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