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Matt Baker: Underground

Australian pianist-composer and recent New York City émigré Matt Baker surrounds himself with stellar talent on his fourth recording as a leader. With bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Gregory Hutchinson fueling the proceedings, he swings confidently on a rendition of Frank Loesser’s “If I Were a Bell” that is full of clever reharmonizations and hip … Read More “Matt Baker: Underground”

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Lisa Hilton: Underground

There’s a quote in the press materials touting pianist Lisa Hilton’s Underground that’s borne out by the nine performances on the recording. “I don’t aspire to be Miles, Muddy or Monk,” says Hilton, “but I do reference these beloved composers.” And significant others, as it happens. Bill Evans’ name didn’t make the cut, but presumably … Read More “Lisa Hilton: Underground”

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