Fretless bass virtuosity and clipped guitar chord class. Merge aren’t too happy about Pat Metheny Group comparisons, but they`re there all the same. “So It May Secretly Begin”. “San Lorenzo”. Voice given to prayer. “Mas Alla”. And beyond.
The three new tracks here form a suite, a named after a capital in the province of Isfahan, and aimed at painting contrasting Iranian landscapes. Desert heat and the respite provided by the shade of maze-like bazaars. Subtly segueing between solos. Pianos dancing arabesques and Eastern tones edging in to a Jazz of ECM at its most reflective.
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