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Spike Wilner: Koan

A koan, the CD booklet informs, is “a paradoxical anecdote or riddle, used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning and to provoke enlightenment.” Having digested that, it makes a reviewer feel almost guilty for attempting to analyze and explain a recording titled after the word. Instead, why not just sit back, … Read More “Spike Wilner: Koan”

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Spike Wilner: Le Tendresse

Following the stirring modal opener, Wilner’s original title track which carries a distinct McCoy Tyner influence, the pianist settles into a program of charming old-school ditties performed either solo or with accompaniment by his capably swinging rhythm tandem of bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Joey Saylor. There’s a giddy solo piano interpretation of Harold Arlen’s … Read More “Spike Wilner: Le Tendresse”

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