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Pianist, keyboardist and composer James Carney is an improviser who draws inspiration from many different sources of music, and he has been fortunate to work with a wide variety of great musicians and artists throughout his career. [Ravi Coltrane, Christian McBride, Michael Cain, Darek Oleszkiewicz, Tim Berne, Nels Cline, Todd Sickafoose among many others.]

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  • Audio CD (May 27, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Jacaranda Records3
  • ASIN: B00000375C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,151 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Miracle Mile
2. Swamp Rookie
3. Tipperary Hill
4. Quinn Martin
5. Lexicon
6. Photo Op
7. Last Call at the West Lake Inn
8. Faux Pas
9. Yoknapatawpha
10. Breaking the Beckets
11. All the Things They Were

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pianist is joined by Ralph Alessi-flg/tpt, Chuck Manning/Peter Epstein/Scott Mayo-sax, Darek Oleszkiewicz-bss, Dan Morris-drms, Bob Sheppard-clr, Nels Cline-gtr + others on 11 tracks

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jan P. Dennis on March 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
That can be the only explanation for this marvelous disc languishing in obscurity. It's hard to believe that this music, featuring hot Left Coast artists such as trumpeter Ralph Alessi (Look, This Against That, etc.), alto sax player Peter Epstein (The Invisible, Nascer, etc.), bassist Derek Oles (Like a Dream, etc.), and the Cline bros. (Alex, drums, and Nils, guitar--crack elay session guys and leaders in their own right, e.g., New Monastery, Sparks Fly Upward, etc.), came out a decade ago: it's as up-to-date and edgy as anything out there, plus it's got that great Metheny/Haden/Frisell heartland vibe going full bore (check out "Tipperary Hill," ostensibly a Celtic number, and follow-up track "Quinn Martin" to see what I mean).

The pianist/leader reminds me of Alan Pasqua at his best--that same glorious melodicism, huge chops lightly worn, and a deeply Romantic bent. Anchored by entirely accessible, often anthemic, tunes, it mixes in exotica like the angular Calypso-ish blues, "Quinn Martin," the gorgeously wistful ballad, "Lexicon," the absolutely delightful faux-sorrowful/funky "Photo Op," the heartbreakingly poignant waltz, "Last Call at the West Lake Inn," featuring the impossibly heartrending clarinet of Bob Sheppard and weepy guitar courtesy of Nils Cline, the crazy island vibe of "Faux Pas," rivaling Sonny's justly famous "St. Thomas" for sheer infectiousness, the stately "Yoknapatawpha Blues," brilliantly evoking Faulkner's non-existent but quintessential Southern county, the quirky-modern "Breaking the Beckets," and the poignant-beyond-the-call-of-duty "All the Things They Were," a majestic Epstein/Carney duo, to produce a disc of uncommon pathos and diverse glory.

If you don't believe me about the heartland-vibe-before-its-time, just check out the mega-evocative back-sleeve photo of a barn against the endless sky of the Midwestern prairie. Music of huge evocativeness, brilliantly conceived and played.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I came across this album while looking at a live jazz website for Rocco's club in LA...I took a chance and bought the album...and I think you the reader should do the same...beautiful melodies, harmonies, playing, various styles...If you are a fan of Pat Metheny Group or Brian Blade Fellowship, I really think this CD tops the recent outings from those groups...I really haven't been this happy with a CD purchase in a long long time...
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By A Customer on May 1, 2002
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I came across this album while looking at a live jazz website for Rocco's club in LA...I took a chance and bought the album...and I think you the reader should do the same...beautiful melodies, harmonies, playing, various styles...If you are a fan of Pat Metheny Group or Brian Blade Fellowship, I really think this CD tops the recent outings from those groups...I really haven't been this happy with a CD purchase in a long long time...
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