Chris Chalfant

All in Good Time

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Chris Chalfant is an avant-garde pianist who at times sounds like early Cecil Taylor (circa 1959) and in other instances is more original. On this release, she performs nine of her diverse originals, many of which are actually free improvisations that set a certain mood. Her interplay with bassist Ken Filiano and drummer Ken Yamazoki is pretty democratic, although Chalfant (who sings wordlessly in a few spots) is the obvious leader. Joseph Jarman (formerly with the Art Ensemble of Chicago) plays flute and ocarina on three numbers, adding to the haunting atmosphere of those pieces. Overall, this is an intriguing, if not essential, set.

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