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Renee Rosnes & David Hajdu: Ice on the Hudson (SMK Jazz)

The pairing of an eminent jazz artist with an equally distinguished author isn’t unprecedented. Nine years ago, Nobel Prize-winning novelist Kazuo Ishiguro shaped several artful songs for pal Stacey Kent’s Breakfast on the Morning Tram. But pianist Renee Rosnes’ teaming with David Hajdu, one of the sharpest music and culture observers around, is deeper, filling … Read More “Renee Rosnes & David Hajdu: Ice on the Hudson (SMK Jazz)”

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Renee Rosnes: Beloved of the Sky (Smoke Sessions)

Finding a more simpatico crew for this quintet date from Renee Rosnes would have been hard. Besides the leader on piano, the lineup consists of saxophonist/flutist Chris Potter, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, bassist Peter Washington and drummer Lenny White—good listeners all, and listening is at the core of these nine tracks. For as exquisitely melodic as … Read More “Renee Rosnes: Beloved of the Sky (Smoke Sessions)”

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Renee Rosnes: Written in the Rocks

Veteran pianist and composer Renee Rosnes delivers conceptual heft, suspenseful compositions and mesmerizing performances on her first album for the Smoke Sessions label. Evolutionary science, the theories of Charles Darwin and the work of Canadian technology specialist Dino Rosati inform the bulk of the disc, which is largely occupied by the seven-part “The Galapagos Suite.” … Read More “Renee Rosnes: Written in the Rocks”

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