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Thiefs: Thiefs

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Self-described as a “grammatically incoherent jazz bastardization,” the trio Thiefs captures all of the tone of jazz but none of its grammar. Aligned rhythmically with drum-and-bass and modally with trance, the group adheres to so many different genre parameters that they end up transcending the concept of idiom altogether. Drummer and vocalist Guillermo E. Brown and bassist Keith Witty, both collaborators with the late David S. Ware, temper their free playing with the calm deliberateness of tenor saxophonist Christophe Panzani.

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