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Marilyn Crispell with Gary Peacock & Paul Motian

American jazz trio

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Marilyn Crispell with Gary Peacock & Paul Motian

Today on Ecléctico you're listening to a jazz trio led by pianist and composer Marilyn Crispell. She's joined by two jazz luminaries: bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Paul Motian.

You'll go deeper with an excerpt from and a link to an article by Nate Chinen based on his list called The 129 Essential Albums of the Twenty-First Century (So Far), which features the album this song is on.


"Rounds" by Marilyn Crispell with Gary Peacock & Paul Motian
2001 | American jazz trio


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[Marilyn] Crispell had become known, during the late 1970s and throughout the '80s, for a furious, intelligent strain of pianism indebted to Cecil Taylor and Paul Bley. She spent a decade in Anthony Braxton's band, and personified the anti-absorptive strategies of a self-sustaining avant-garde.

Amaryllis, named after a winter-blooming flower of the Andes, staked out a different position, though not an unrelated one. Crispell was warming to a new strain of lyricism, which she described as "an emerging quality" at the time.

"I've been trying to be in touch with what I really am hearing," she told me in 2002, speaking by phone from her home in Woodstock, New York. "What I've noticed is that I'm moving away from a kind of angst-ridden, Viennese, Schoenberg-ian kind of tonality. Not necessarily into a self-indulgent romanticism, but more into a kind of... a pure lyrical quality, more abstract."

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But it's not as if Crispell has checked her exploratory impulse at the door. Listen here to "Rounds," a swarming piece that she first recorded in the early '80s. It's a fine illustration of the chiming, restless resonance of this trio, and a reminder (as if one were needed) that experimental urges could naturally cohabit with a luminous sort of beauty.

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