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John Taylor’s lovely solo piano album bursts with invention, unfolding narratives and technical expertise. It opens with the gently undulating contours and rich landscapes of the three-part “Ambleside Suite”, continues with the lyrical impressionism of “Phase the Second” and delivers a highlight with the brief “Episode” – a sparse, haunting melody developed into dissonant fragments.

The first of two covers, Kenny Wheeler’s sparky mid-CD waltz “3/4 pm”, bustles without clutter and a rich and ruminative reading of Ellington’s “Fantasy in D” closes the set.

John Taylor

In Two Minds

(CamJazz)

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