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Art Hirahara: Central Line

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Pianist Art Hirahara has a diverse resume, spending time  with Charlie Haden, Vincent Herring, Stacey Kent, Dave Douglas and Jenny Scheinman, in addition to recordings of his own dating back to 2000. Art has also studied West African drumming , influences that are part of the palette. His sound is clean, techniquely astute but exploring. "Central Line" is mostly a trio session, with bassist Linda Oh and drummer Rudy Royston. But there's a nice added depth when saxophonist Donnie McCaslin joins in on tunes like "Drawing With Light", "Entanglement" and "Kin-Ka: Gold Coin". With "Central Line" Art gives the listener enough spirit for reflection and enough swingin' dynamics to make this listen worthwhile.


-Gary Walker

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