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Eddie Higgins: Speaking of Jobim

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Pianist Higgins has been plugging away for more than four decades, having recorded with the likes of Wayne Shorter and Lee Morgan back in the early ’60s. After gigging quietly around Chicago and New England for the last 20 or 30 years, he has been recording more of late and has chosen a thoughtful repertoire of Jobim standards for this outing.

What is nice about Higgins’ read of these tunes is that he doesn’t attempt to force himself into a style in which he doesn’t fit, or is not comfortable. So, gone are the painful, cliched bossa phrasings that often make recordings like this so tiresome.

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