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Sylvie Courvoisier is an improvising pianist and composer – born in Lausanne, resident in Brooklyn – best known for her collaborations with violinist Mark Feldman and her forays into the piano’s innards, as on her striking Signs and Epigrams solo CD. You’d expect Double Windsor to be more like a conventional jazz album; after all, she’s leading a regular jazz piano trio here (her first) and, as she notes, ‘this music has more of a rhythmic feel than much of my past work’. Yet it’s a highly original recording, boldly juxtaposing the freely improvised and the through-composed, and crackling with energy. That ‘rhythmic feel’ is less about swing or groove than a non-stop, jump-cut dynamism that gives the tunes a real kick. On pieces like The Charlier Cut and Double Windsor, all mercurial leaps and hairpin bends, Courvoisier’s trio drive their intricate interactions through every tricky twist and tumble in exhilarating fashion.

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