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Distortion and dissonance are gently parted to make way for Cuong Vu's soaring trumpet and Roy Powell's sterling piano lines. The tension created by the conflict between pretty melody and powerful disharmony is one I never tire of. This whole album is fantastic.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.