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Marilyn Crispell/Gerry Hemingway: Table of Changes

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Marilyn Crispell’s ECM recordings, including duets with bassist Gary Peacock and trio sessions that added Paul Motian, revealed the more delicate, lyrical side of the pianist’s playing, which both complemented and contrasted her prior work in true-blue free jazz. Reuniting with drummer Gerry Hemingway, a longtime bandmate in her earlier trios and in Anthony Braxton’s quartet, puts Crispell back on a thoroughly avant-garde track, and the final product sounds nothing less than joyful. The two longtime friends met up on a European tour two years ago, and this disc captures highlights from those performances.

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