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Michael Galasso: High Lines

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There is some evidence that a violin renaissance is trying to get started in jazz, and Michael Galasso is a case in point. Not that Galasso is jazz, exactly.

Atypically for an ECM album, High Lines comes with extensive liner notes by Steve Lake. They are welcome, because Galasso is not well known, and there is a lot to know about him. His background and interests are so uncommonly diverse that they are more like multiple personality syndrome than eclecticism. Galasso encompasses Bach, post-Schoenbergian serialism, zydeco (he is from Louisiana), freebop, John Cage and Middle Eastern music-and that is only a start.

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