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Album Review

This unusual trio, comprised of altoist Peter Epstein (occasionally doubling on soprano), guitarist Brad Shepik, and percussionist Matt Kilmer, works quite well, sounding very complete. Epstein is generally melodic, Shepik's versatility and wide range of sounds are major assets, and Kilmer keeps the backgrounds colorful. Some of the playing hints at world music and one number has a reggae rhythm, but the music overall is modern post-bop jazz, with each of the musicians being of equal importance. There are no dull or predictable moments along the way and this sparse format brings out the best in all three players. Recommended.

Biography

Born: 1966 in Walla Walla, WA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Brad Shepik is one of a number of great players (such as Jim Black, Chris Speed, and Briggan Krauss) to move to N.Y.C. from Seattle in the early '90s to make their mark on the downtown scene. His versatility on the guitar has led to performing and/or recording with artists like Carla Bley, Charlie Haden, and Paul Motian, but his particular talent in interpreting the modal musics...
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