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Thirteen Ways – “Focus ” – [Palmetto Records]

Airy free threesome, Clusone-alone Michael Moore on
rippling-flag-in-the-breeze sax & pesky clarinet.
Fred Hersch’s piano is restrained, well-oiled and
well-calculated. The more perplexed it gets, the
more I dig this…other times it’s just so wizened
and so set. Gerry Hemingway rides a lot of cymbal
and brushed snare, very effective on say the icy,
“blues with a PhD” of #3. This is all about a light
touch (spend some time with the liner notes), free
jazz without the volcano, the squonk, but truth be
told…as in the beauty of #5 my still early ears
tell me that a lot of this is charted and charted
well…but on that there’s still a short clarinet
as shakuhachi siren impersonation and other side
journeys. Track #7 flutters up the most force here,
but still eases off the gas.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on October 1, 2005 at 1:01 pm
  • Filed as CD,Jazz
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