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Kip Hanrahan: Pinero

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Kip Hanrahan’s evocative and hard-to-classify albums have always occupied some dimensional netherworld, just left of jazz or any easy idiomatic address, closer to the realm of dreams and cinema. Thus it makes poetic sense that Hanrahan would find his way into film scoring. His music for director Leon Ichaso’s 2001 film Pinero, about the volatile poet-playwright actor-activist Miguel Pinero (1946-1988), may take as a departure point Miles Davis’ classic Tribute to Jack Johnson, in which the music itself hangs together as a powerful artistic statement away from the imagery.

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