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Joey Calderazzo, best known as the long-stay pianist in saxophonist Branford Marsalis’s Quartet, is an equally exciting and disciplined improviser.

This live jazz club set, recorded in 2011, catches him in top form with Donald Edwards rumbling and thundering on drums and bassist Orland Fleming in the holding role. Calderazzo’s lengthy improvisations buzz with new ideas and gain focus from his terrific sense of form. Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans get makeovers and Paul Motian’s “Trieste” is a dazzling display of dramatic romanticism.

Joey Calderazzo Trio

Live

(Sunnyside)

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