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Mike Melvoin presents Dan Jaffe: Playing the Word

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The fusion of jazz and poetry has been a noble but uneven experience, from Langston Hughes and Lawrence Ferlinghetti through Kenneth Rexroth and Jack Kerouac. There can be no dispute that jazz and poetry belong together. Who could separate a Bob Dorough lyric from its melody? On this album, even though Melvoin’s music is not wedded to Jaffe’s words, the two could not be separated-and therein lies its strength, at least in one sense.

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