Art Hirahara, Ascent, Posi-Tone EP ****

What a concise and mellow set of three solo treatments this is from pianist Art Hirahara with its Ahmad Jamal-esque sense of time and space on the title track and its mellow, floating feel. Hirahara has a lightness of touch and a clarity in his …

Published: 30 Apr 2022. Updated: 2 months.

What a concise and mellow set of three solo treatments this is from pianist Art Hirahara with its Ahmad Jamal-esque sense of time and space on the title track and its mellow, floating feel. Hirahara has a lightness of touch and a clarity in his runs and chordal explorations that make this a pleasure from start to finish. Hirahara says more in little more than these brief 10 minutes in all than most can meaningfully produce in a month of trying.

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First track from Tommy Crane's upcoming debut streams

Here's the first track to stream from We're All Improvisers Now, the very immersive 'Nordique Americana (PT.1)' which has a very fine saxophone solo that hovers magisterially over the dense layer of instruments towards the end from Logan …

Published: 29 Apr 2022. Updated: 2 months.

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Here's the first track to stream from We're All Improvisers Now, the very immersive 'Nordique Americana (PT.1)' which has a very fine saxophone solo that hovers magisterially over the dense layer of instruments towards the end from Logan Richardson. The work of drummer and composer Tommy Crane who makes his debut as a leader look for the album on the Whirlwind label in June.

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