Lynne Arriale

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Lynne Arriale's second recording is easily the equal of her first and finds the young pianist digging into seven standards and four of her originals. Her trio with bassist Drew Gress and drummer Steve Davis generally thinks as one, for the musicians react immediately to each other's ideas. Arriale's ability to caress ballads (best-heard on the closing and very sensitive "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning") is quite impressive, as is her skill at improvising on medium-tempo pieces. This exploration of modern mainstream jazz is an excellent outing.

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