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Tom Christensen: New York School

Multireedist Tom Christensen likes the New York School of Art and its house poet, Frank O’Hara, so much that he conceived his new recording as a tribute. But this quartet date has none of O’Hara’s talkiness or the sort of form-averse music that painters like Jackson Pollack tend ed to inspire. It’s smart, finely tailored postbop with an emphasis on craftsmanship over flash-just the sort of session that guitarist Michael Musillami would pick for his label, Playscape, which has come to specialize in this sort of no-nonsense modern jazz.

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