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Edward Simon Trio: Live in New York at Jazz Standard

Edward Simon has been making good records for 20 years, and has released two previous piano trio albums with John Patitucci and Brian Blade. He has recorded all the tunes here before, at least once. But he has never made an album like At Jazz Standard. It is his first live recording, and live recordings are different.

They provide jazz improvisers with the stimulating tension of creating in the moment for an actual interactive audience (as opposed to a producer and engineer in a studio), and they allow luxuries of time and space. Simon, as never before, is able to digress and stream ideas and make lyric discoveries far from where he began. He spills the piquant, questioning theme of his own “Poesia,” then takes 11 minutes to postulate answers. Conversely, he has time to return to ideas that resonate and repeat them into rituals. Jobim’s “Chovendo Na Roseira” is a hypnotic cycle whose recurrences build drama for 14 minutes.

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