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Tina Marsh: Inside the Breaking: Volume 1

It has been just over 25 years since Tina Marsh founded Austin’s Create Opportunity Orchestra, and she’s celebrating a belated silver anniversary by taking a short break from the CO2’s bold, brave experimentation to record in a far more intimate setting. Bracketed by CO2 pianist Eddy Hobizal and cellist Terry Muir, Marsh promises “pop songs, standards, arias and Ornette.” And that’s precisely what she delivers, laying her majesty bare on a trio of Puccini arias, gems from the Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein and Ray Noble songbooks, contemporary compositions by Sting and Leonard Cohen, and Coleman’s despair-lined masterpiece, “Lonely Woman.”

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