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Mads Vinding Trio: Open Minds

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Bassist Mads Vinding begins his latest album with two songs closely associated with Miles Davis, and approaches them with more abstraction than the trumpeter did in the 1960s. On “Someday My Prince Will Come,” pianist Jean-Michel Pilc tiptoes around the melody, delaying phrases and cleverly catching up with them before the next change. “My Funny Valentine” becomes a wonderfully dark dirge, rendering the central theme unrecognizable without a diligent search for it.

Things really get wild when they take on “Summertime,” playing it in a fashion combining Duke Ellington’s infamous 1961 trio version with Cecil Taylor. In case it isn’t obvious, all of these attributes are positive: Taking these standards and interpreting them anew makes this an enjoyable outing.

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