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The best jazz prog you can buy this month

Album Review

Sid Smith rounds up the best releases from prog’s jazzier reaches

The Nine Dances Of Patrick O’Gonogon (Discus Records) by pianist Keith Tippett’s Octet packs plenty of wild, horn-dominated punches as might be expected from the composer of 1971’s Septober Energy by the 50-piece, Fripp-produced Centipede. However, the emotional impact of the writing comes through the slower, lyrical pieces sitting within the overall work which deepens with every listen. Still producing intense and bracing music, it’s an absorbing work by one of the greatest players of his generation.

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