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Nar­rada Loop

Vibes and marimba player Jim Hart’s Words and Mu­sic CD was main­stream jazz, but Gemini, with Jasper Høiby, Dave Smith, and multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Ivo Neame on alto, is his mod­ern take on post-bop con­cerns. Hart wrote all the ma­te­rial, and the com­plex, an­gu­lar lines, in Four Lit­tle Words, the free­dom/struc­ture of Dark Moon and the stac­cato Crunchy

Coun­try, com­bine the cere­bral with clar­ity and ac­ces­si­bil­ity. But there’s lyri­cism as well, in the ru­bato Kin­dred, a flow­ing Last of

the Leaves and the 3/4 Co­lette. Hart’s warm, res­o­nant sound and Neame’s un­fussy, some­what with­held tone of­fer a con­trast that works. They are in­ven­tive play­ers at­tuned to each other in a quar­tet where Høiby, a mar­vel­lous bassist, and Smith, a bril­liant drum­mer, are im­pec­ca­bly re­spon­sive – es­pe­cially on a stand­out De­vi­a­tion, where the band grooves in a typ­i­cally con­sid­ered way. www. loop­col­lec­tive.org RAY COMISKEY

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