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September 25, 2010 12:47 am
(Space Time Records)
Mulgrew Miller’s unaccompanied piano reflections, captured in performance at Clermont Ferrand’s Jazz en Tête festival in 2000, are a masterclass in the traditional jazz virtues of harmonic development and unflagging tempo.
Miller weaves the fabric of established jazz classics into a rippling, clear-toned monologue of unstinting wit and detailed invention.
“My Old Flame” and “Body and Soul” are lush but unsentimental ballads, his own “Carousel” is a stride-inflected highlight and he is relaxed at the fastest tempos, even while unpicking the dense harmonies of “Giant Steps”.
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