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Marian McPartland/Steely Dan: Piano Jazz

The 87-year-old pianist Marian McPartland excels in contexts most musicians of her generation would likely have nothing to do with. Piano Jazz, her long-running program on National Public Radio, has featured McPartland interviewing and playing with such modern hepcats as Myra Melford, Jack DeJohnette and Steely Dan. While clearly not a jazz ensemble, the music … Read More “Marian McPartland/Steely Dan: Piano Jazz”

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Borah Bergman, Lol Coxhill, Paul Hession: Acts of Love

The problem with some contemporary examples of freely improvised music is that the genre has achieved its own level of orthodoxy. If one is blessed/cursed with a sense of history, what seemed cutting-edge 20-something years ago can seem almost reactionary today. Fortunately there are still musicians adept at jolting us jaded types out of our … Read More “Borah Bergman, Lol Coxhill, Paul Hession: Acts of Love”

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