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Adam Glasser: Mzansi

Adam Glasser’s playful yet plaintive style makes him one of the harmonica’s new masters. As debonair as Toots Thielemans, as soulful as Stevie Wonder and as romantic as Gregoire Maret, he’s also distinctively pungent. As a pianist, Glasser is percussive and rhythmic, driving most of the 13 tracks on his second Sunnyside album, originally released last year on the South African Sheer Sound label.

As a composer, too, Glasser shines. The title track is a melodic jewel, its voicing sparkling, its prancing gait a pleasure. The bewitching tune demonstrates Glasser’s love of melody and mastery of the small jazz unit.

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