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Sam Newsome & Jean-Michel Pilc: Magic Circle

Review of duo album by soprano saxophonist and pianist

Cover of Sam Newsome & Jean-Michel Pilc album Magic Circle
Cover of Sam Newsome & Jean-Michel Pilc album Magic Circle

Pioneering soprano saxophonist Sam Newsome and thinking man’s pianist Jean-Michel Pilc need no words or paper to guide them in an open-minded tête-à-tête. Their simpatico relationship and respective skills simply take them wherever they need to go.

For this program, these two old friends settled into a Brooklyn studio, had the engineer give the green light and got down to the business of making music sans discussion. Everything captured and released is a first-and-only take, highlighting deep listening skills and high-level spontaneity.

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