“Chamber music.” The phrase carries with it something of the feel of a high starched collar. Its genteel overtones seem at some remove from the earthy, improvised roil of jazz. So chamber jazz is an oxymoron. Right? This recording demonstrates that the range of what might be called chamber jazz is just as broad as that of its classical cousin. What began with the John Kirby Sextet and the Modern Jazz Quartet continues to make its creative way through our world.
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