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Pianist Jason Moran holds a rare distinction in contemporary jazz: He's not only one of the genre's foremost twentysomething virtuosos -- capable of slinking from old-school boogie to futuristic abstraction in a single bound -- but is also an award-winning…
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Deuces Wild!

If so-called avant-garde jazz doesn't shake listeners with new, unfamiliar structures, it's not doing its job. Contemporary improv can overwhelm novice listeners, especially when it features multiple musicians simultaneously playing multiple leads. These players consciously dodge the well-worn verse-chorus-verse trap.…
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Come Near Life Experience (Matador) You are perhaps aware that this record has been available for conspicuous consumption for months. If so, I hope you strapped on the feed bag, since it was without question one of the best records…
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