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Whirlpool: Dancing on the Inside

The intimate folkloric sophistication that was the métier of drummer-composer Paul Motian is a tricky beast, too easily prone to becoming precious or banal in the wrong hands. By seamlessly adding cornetist Ron Miles to their all-originals second disc, the Motian tribute trio known as Whirlpool twirls past these pitfalls via their generosity of spirit … Read More “Whirlpool: Dancing on the Inside”

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Ran Blake & Dominique Eade: Whirlpool

Simpatico relationships between vocalists and pianists-Shearing and Cole; Evans and Bennett; Bill Charlap and his mother, Sandy Stewart-are hardly unusual. Occasionally, though, such unions transcend sympathetic rapport and become truly empathetic. The finest example on record emerged in 1961, when trailblazing third-stream pianist Ran Blake and singer Jeanne Lee commingled on The Newest Sound Around. … Read More “Ran Blake & Dominique Eade: Whirlpool”

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