LeeAnn Ledgerwood

Paradox

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On her fourth SteepleChase release, pianist LeeAnn Ledgerwood is heard with a highly esteemed rhythm section: Ron McClure on bass and Billy Hart on drums. The spirit of John Coltrane looms large on this trio outing -- Ledgerwood plays stirring renditions of "Wise One" and "India," and opens with "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," sticking closely to the arrangement heard on Coltrane's Sound. McCoy Tyner's "Blues on the Corner" again drives home the Coltrane theme (watch out for Billy Hart on this cut). By including "My Funny Valentine," "Spring Is Here," and "Some Other Time," Ledgerwood is also paying homage to Bill Evans, her earliest influence. While this set includes no originals, it does showcase Ledgerwood's highly advanced and emotionally charged playing, which encompasses diverse streams of modern jazz history. The title track, by fellow pianist and kindred spirit Richie Beirach, closes the album in swinging fashion.

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