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Equal Interest: Equal Interest

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Rarely has the phrase “sum of its parts” applied so accurately to an all-star jazz gathering as it does to Equal Interest, the trio of violinist Leroy Jenkins, pianist Myra Melford and reedist Joseph Jarman. On its eponymous debut the group doesn’t merely pool its collective experience-and with Jenkins and Jarman being key members of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement for Creative Musicians, and the latter a founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, that alone is nothing to sneeze at-but it brings a startlingly wide world of sounds to the table. While members of the AACM routinely trafficked nonchalantly in diverse styles, the range delivered by Equal Interest is stunning nonetheless, adding to the expected fusion of jazz, boogie woogie and blues with a complement of international sounds that never sounds like a lazy hodgepodge.

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