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SUE RYN­HART Cross­ings (Songs for Voice & Dou­ble Bass) mr­sue­sue

Dublin vo­cal­ist Sue Ryn­hart is an ex­plorer in the flex­i­ble spa­ces open­ing up be­tween what used to be called jazz and clas­si­cal mu­sic. Her charm­ingly quirky songs are warm and un­ex­pect­edly frank, free from ei­ther mu­si­cal or lyri­cal cliche, each one a beau­ti­fully formed mu­si­cal state­ment – and each as dif­fer­ent as the last. But what is bold­est and most im­pres­sive about this fresh-as-a-daisy de­but are the ar­range­ments: Ryn­hart cred­itably places her pre­cise, del­i­cate voice in the stark­est, most re­veal­ing of set­tings, the low thud and rum­ble of Dan Bod­well’s dou­ble bass. Bod­well, an Amer­i­can based in Dublin, is an­other mu­si­cian with a foot planted in both mu­si­cal camps, and his thought­ful, un­clut­tered ac­com­pa­ni­ments pro­vide a star­tling con­trast to Ryn­hart’s sweet and edgy vo­cals. sueryn­hart.com

COR­MAC LARKIN

BOBBY AVEY Author­ity Melts from Me Whirl­wind

New Yorker Bobby Avey is a pi­anist on a steep up­ward curve. Still in his 20s, he has won the pres­ti­gious Th­elo­nious Monk piano com­pe­ti­tion, re­leased two crit­i­cally ac­claimed al­bums, and is a mem­ber of em­i­nent sax­o­phon­ist Dave Lieb­man’s work­ing group. Avey’s solo al­bum, Be Not So Long to Speak (2012), re­vealed a mu­si­cian of rare depth and rest­less cre­ativ­ity. Here, with sup­port from a su­perb quin­tet that in­cludes sax­o­phon­ist Miguel Zenon and gui­tarist Ben Mon­der, he takes an­other bold step for­ward, draw­ing on Haitian voodou drum­ming, which he recorded him­self on lo­ca­tion in Haiti, to craft a suite of mu­sic that is pow­er­ful, not only in the stark orig­i­nal­ity of the writ­ing, but also in the sol­i­dar­ity it shows for an op­pressed people. bob­byavey.com

COR­MAC LARKIN

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