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PAUL MO­TIAN Paul Mo­tian on Broad­way Vol 4 Win­ter & Win­ter ★★★★★

Drum­mer Mo­tian’s latest Broad­way foray unites him with Chris Pot­ter (tenor), Larry Gre­nadier (bass) and, al­ter­nat­ing, Re­becca Martin (vo­cals) and Masabumi Kikuchi (pi­ano). Pot­ter, whether en­fi­lad­ing the vo­cals or solo­ing, is ab­so­lutely stun­ning; con­sis­tently orig­i­nal, yet some­how ab­sorb­ing each per­for­mance’s emo­tional cli­mate, ironic, an­guished, know­ing, evoca­tive or what­ever. And Martin is good in this heavy­weight com­pany; where the colourist in Mo­tian cre­ates con­sid­er­able rhyth­mic loose­ness. Her Folks Who Live on the Hill, for ex­am­ple, is im­pres­sively sure­footed. But the finest per­for­mances on a strik­ing CD are those with Kikuchi. De­spite a dis­tress­ing ten­dency to shadow his lines with grav­elly moans, he’s an ex­pres­sive player of great depth and range. I Loves You Porgy and Never Let Me Go (both takes) are sub­limely im­pres­sion­is­tic stand­outs on a su­perb CD. http://uk.hm­bou­tique.com

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