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Polarities
Peter Epstein Quartet

Polarities

CD | Songlines | 0774355160725 | SGL 16072 | 05-14

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Once a shining light on the NY downtown jazz scene, Peter Epstein returns with a new, exceptionally coherent quartet whose members have been performing together in different configurations for the better part of two decades. The group’s shared language and clarity of communication is nuanced and powerful, with a dynamic that ranges from subtle introspection to roaring ferocity. Epstein is head of the jazz program at the University of Nevada, Reno, and his music integrates a lot of jazz history (echoes of Ornette’s original quartet for example), and occasionally world music feels, into a beautiful whole. Alessi is himself a well-known leader, his latest release is on ECM. Open, dynamic audiophile sound.
 

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Once a shining light on the NY downtown jazz scene, Peter Epstein returns with a new, exceptionally coherent quartet whose members have been performing together in different configurations for the better part of two decades. The group’s shared language and clarity of communication is nuanced and powerful, with a dynamic that ranges from subtle introspection to roaring ferocity. Epstein is head of the jazz program at the University of Nevada, Reno, and his music integrates a lot of jazz history (echoes of Ornette’s original quartet for example), and occasionally world music feels, into a beautiful whole. Alessi is himself a well-known leader, his latest release is on ECM. Open, dynamic audiophile sound.

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