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Wayne Horvitz Gravitas Quartet: One Dance Alone

Keyboardist/composer Wayne Horvitz may still be known (notorious is more like it) for his association with the mad, bad avant-garde blare of John Zorn’s Naked City. But Horvitz, ever the experimentalist, has had more than his share of equally eccentric and doubly haunting ensembles since Naked City’s dissolution: the President, Pigpen and Zony Mash among them. Then there’s Horvitz’s Gravitas Quartet.

One Dance Alone follows in the delicate, daring footsteps of the Quartet’s 2006 Way Out East, with Horvitz’s elegantly paced and spacious piano runs leading the way for cellist Peggy Lee, bassoonist Sara Schoenbeck and cornet/trumpeter Ron Miles. Make no mistake, there’s a group dynamic at work, a mod chamber groove that allows each of Horvitz’s collaborators their own formidable voice. But one can’t help but notice that Horvitz’s mix of Erik Satie-meets-Lennie Tristano stylization is One Dance Alone’s shining beacon, even when it’s hiding within the shadows.

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