Joanne Brackeen

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Pianist Joanne Brackeen's debut album (after a barely documented period with Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers) is a very impressive effort. Teamed with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Billy Hart, Brackeen plays in a complex and already original style, interpreting four of her tunes plus "Nefertiti," Miles Davis's "Circles" and "Old Devil Moon." Her chord voicings are thick and sometimes quite dense, but this music is strangely accessible.

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