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LeeAnn Ledgerwood: Breaking the Waves

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On the face of it, Breaking the Waves is a trio recording that derives much of its appeal from the support pianist LeeAnn Ledgerwood receives from bassist Ron McClure and drummer Nasheet Waits. But in a sense, this CD is also something of a one-composer show. It’s entirely devoted to Ledgerwood-penned pieces, and almost all were specifically written for this winter 2011 session.

Sometimes the inspiration for the writing is plain to hear, as when Ledgerwood tips her hat to McCoy Tyner on the album’s resoundingly spiritual coda, “Deep Six.” More often, though, Ledgerwood’s playing offers its own distinctive pleasures, beginning with the undulating title track, an eight-minute opener that shares orchestral colors and dynamic shifts with much of what follows.

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