Bernie Senensky

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Bernie Senensky, a talented Canadian pianist, is a fine interpreter rather than an innovator. His right-hand solos often sound close to McCoy Tyner (especially on "D.C. Night Blues"), although his left's chordings are much lighter; at other times he resembles Bill Evans, particularly in his interplay with the subtle bassist Kieran Overs and drummer Barry Elmes. Senensky consistently comes up with creative solos on his five originals and "How Deep Is the Ocean." The program (at under 38 minutes) is a bit brief, but Senensky is heard in top form on "In My Life," the lighthearted and boppish "Games" and a searching rendition of "How Deep."

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