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Ralph Alessi: Quiver

Like its 2013 predecessor, Baida, trumpeter-composer Ralph Alessi’s second ECM release as a leader is a quartet album. The pianist has changed (Gary Versace replacing Jason Moran), but the other players-bassist Drew Gress and drummer Nasheet Waits-remain the same. So does the mood: questing, meditative, bittersweet. With his trumpet playing, which frequently brings to mind … Read More “Ralph Alessi: Quiver”

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Ron Miles: Quiver

In a joint interview with writer Ted Panken four years ago, trumpeter Ron Miles and guitarist Bill Frisell-who’ve collaborated often over a nearly two-decade span-were asked what aesthetic principles they shared. Miles responded, “You try to keep the integrity of the song going as long as you can. Sometimes you step out and sometimes you … Read More “Ron Miles: Quiver”

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