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Released on CD by the Japanese label DIW (and briefly made available in the U.S. through Columbia), this trio outing with bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Ronnie Burrage finds Cowell in typically creative form. Other than "Stella by Starlight" and the leader's "Equipoise," the repertoire (originals by each of the three musicians) is unfamiliar but Cowell's appealing postbop style makes the music both unpredictable and fairly accessible. The performances are stimulating but this Japanese import will be difficult to find.


Born: 05 May 1941 in Toledo, OH

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

An excellent modern, mainstream pianist who is adaptable to many acoustic jazz settings, Stanley Cowell has long been underrated except among knowing musicians. He studied the piano from the time he was four, and Art Tatum made an early impact. After attending Oberlin College Conservatory and the University of Michigan, Cowell (who had played with Rahsaan Roland Kirk while at Oberlin) moved to New York in 1966. He played regularly with Marion Brown (1966-1967), Max Roach (1967-1970), and the Bobby...
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