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John O’Gallagher/Vardan Ovsepian: Nocturnal Prophecy

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Best listened to with the lights down low, this duo set from saxophonist John O’Gallagher and Armenian-born pianist Vardan Ovsepian travels through a variety of byways, peering into the shadows beyond the streetlight’s halo and down alleys that come alive when most of the world is fast asleep. The two met through the Maine Jazz Camp summer institute, where both have long served as teachers and ensemble directors. Their musical sympathies are evident throughout this collection in their use of reserve and space; they let a mysterious, dusky stillness settle between them in the dying echoes of breathy melodies and ringing chords.

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