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Sam Newsome & Jean-Michel Pilc: 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 … Read More “Sam Newsome & Jean-Michel Pilc: Magic Circle

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Jean-Michel Pilc: What Is This Thing Called?

In the vast archives of solo jazz piano recordings, this one has few precedents. Its 68 minutes contain 31 tracks, many under a minute, most under two. With one exception, all are completely improvised. The album is a challenging listening experience. By the time you lock onto a tune, it is gone. Jean-Michel Pilc’s creative … Read More “Jean-Michel Pilc: What Is This Thing Called?”

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Jean-Michel Pilc: Essential

This intimate solo album, recorded live at the Fazioli Piano Loft of the Union County Performing Arts Center in Rahway, N.J., captures pianist Jean-Michel Pilc during two nights of pure improvisation. The former Parisian, a New Yorker since 1995, made his name with his acclaimed trio featuring bassist François Moutin and drummer Ari Hoenig. Here, … Read More “Jean-Michel Pilc: Essential”

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