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The Bebop Trio: The Bebop Trio

img  Tobias Fischer

The most casual reader of this column identifies me as a non-fan of clarinetists. Did you know Alan Greenspan, the insane Ayn Rand devotee who almost single-handedly destroyed the US economy, played clarinet?

It’s an odd quirk of fate that I even tore off the shrinkwrap of this one, and trust me when I say that I was neither bug-eyed nor slobbering as I did. But surprise waited, even past the fact that the clarinet will forever have a place in oldschool bebop, which this is; relics from semi-obscure fossils like Elmo Hope and Herbie Nichols form the basis for these jam sessions, characterized by a constant teasing interplay between clarinetist Alec Spiegelman and pianist Lefteris Kordis, the latter of whom brings Greek wedding-band experience to the fore here.

Their jibber-jabbering is constant, incessant and world-class, from the band’s own stuff to their reverent, almost ghostly stab at Duke Ellington’s “Zurzday.”

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